BELAGAVI FRIDAY MARCH 15, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION Boeing in $600 billion MAX mess Two back-to-back crashes have eroded the trustworthiness of the American aircraft maker, prompting loyal customers to mull reversing their bulk purchases and turn to rival Airbus EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE T H E world ’s la r g es t planemaker may be headed straight to a protracted turbulence as its $600 billion-plus order book for 737 Max is likely to shrink with key customers threatening to cancel their orders or defect to rival Airbus in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash last Sunday . On Thursday alone, two airlines, VietJet Aviation and Kenya Airways said they were reviewing their proposals to buy Max 8 jets. VietJet, which had doubled its 737 Max order to $25 billion only last month, said its decision will depend on the result of the investigation into the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy . Meanwhile, Kenya Airways is reportedly planning to switch to Airbus SE’s A320. Reports said Russia’s Utair Aviation is also seeking guarantees before taking delivery of the first of 30 planes. Indonesia’s Lion Air, which lost its Max 8 jet along with 189 people on board last October, is also reportedly planning to drop its $22 billion order for 737 Max 8 jetliners and switch to rival aircraft from Airbus. Separately, Garuda Indonesia plans to cut orders of the Boeing plane and a $5.9 billion order from a unit of Saudi Arabian Airlines hangs in the balance. The 737, which first entered service in the late 1960s, is the aviation industry’s best-selling model and Boeing’s top earne r. T h e re - e n g i neered Max version has racked up more than 5,000 orders worth in excess of $600 billion, including planes that have already been delivered. Boeing, whose shares have lost 11 per cent of their value this week, faces escalating financial risk after two disasters involving its newest narrow-body jet in the past five months. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump expressed hope on Thursday that the grounding of 737 Max would be temporary. “I hope it is going to be for a short period of time,” he told reporters. WHY IT COULD BE BOEING’S WATERLOO A grieving woman at the spot where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, killing 157 on board, near Bishoftu, Addis Ababa on Thursday | AP On a wing and a prayer WHAT’S WRONG 737 MAX has what is called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System as a safety feature. It has malfunctioned at times, triggering unnecessary, and fatal, nosedives France to analyse black boxes As of now, more than 40 countries have banned Boeing 737 Max, including the US Boeing’s future on the line as orders for over 5,000 planes from more than 80 operators are in jeopardy AIR FARE REMAINS HIGH ■ Spot ticket prices on the MumbaiChennai route were quoting `20,329 on Thursday, compared with March 14 last year ■ Spot fare for Delhi-Mumbai was `14,420, Delhi-Chennai `12,560, and Delhi-Kolkata `20,999 France’s BEA air safety agency received the recorders from the plane that crashed in Ethiopia last Sunday after Germany said it did not have the knowhow to analyse it So far, Boeing has delivered 376 single-aisle jets to 47 airlines or leasing companies Boeing stock has dived over 10 per cent since the crash, wiping $25 billion off the company’s market value The Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed was 4 months old, Lion Air Max 8 was just 2.5 months old BIGGEST CUSTOMERS Southwest Airlines American Airlines Air Canada 31 24 23 India, Pak Gowda touches emotional chord First on Kartarpur talks at Nikhil’s political baptism corridor positive A K R A M M O H A M M E D @ Mandya Rescue work in progress after a foot-overbridge collapsed in south Mumbai on Thursday | PTI Mumbai’s ‘Kasab Bridge’ collapses, kills 5, hurts 30 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai AT least five people including two women were dead and 30 others injured when a foot-overbridge outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed during the evening peak hour on Thursday . Sources said the number of casualties is likely to go up. The foot-overbridge was also known as the Kasab Bridge after the Pakistani t e r ro r i s t w a s p h o t o graphed here during the 26/11 attack on Mumbai. The FOB is known to be always crowded. According to some commuters, it used to make some strange noise for the past few days. A major portion of the pathway of the FOB caved in injuring many commuters. “The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30 pm. Police reached the spot within five minutes and fire brigade vehicles in 8-10 minutes. Rescue operations started immediately. Injured persons have been shifted to TRAFFIC SIGNAL SAVES MANY A red signal at a traffic junction near the doomed foot overbridge proved lucky for a large number of motorists who were waiting for it to turn green. Without the red signal, the motorists would have passed under the ill-fated bridge near the CSMT railway station, when a part of the bridge came crashing down Gokuldas Tejpal (GT), St George and LTMG Hospital at Sion. I hope the number of causalities would be less as the injured were hospitalised quickly education minis,” ter Vinod Tawde, who reached the spot soon after the incident, told reporters. Three of the dead have been identified as Apoorwa Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40) and Zaheer Siraj Khan (32). “Foot-overbridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T Lane near Times of India building has collapsed. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Senior officers are on spot,” Mumbai police had tweeted at 7.46 pm. LAUNCHING his second grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy as candidate for the Mandya Lok Sabha seat in the upcoming polls, former Prime Minister and JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda on Thursday yet again made an emotional pitch. He said Nikhil is entering politics to help his father Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy who , has not been in the pink of health, and also to strengthen the party . On Wednesday, he had announced that his grandson Prajwal Revanna, who is the son of Public Works Department minister H D Revanna, will be the JD(S) candidate from Hassan constituency . Speaking at a JD(S) party workers’ meeting here on Thursday, Gowda said Nikhil had expressed his desire to enter politics after considering the health of Kumaraswamy . “When my son had a second open heart surgery, my grandson was in the film industry Consider. ing the health condition of his father, Nikhil had expressed his de- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A day after China blocked India’s efforts to put Jaishe -Moh amme d fou n d e r Masood Azhar on the global terrorist list, political parties sought to score brownie points with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi alleging Prime Minister Narendra Modi hadn’t said a word against China because he was “scared” of its president Xi Jinping. there, it will be shifted to Kudala Sangama and kept for public viewing till Saturday afterPROMINENT religious leader noon. According to Ganga and the first female seer of the Mataji of Basava Dharma PeeLingayat community, Maate tha, the last rites will be perMahadevi (73), who was for med at Kudala suffering from multi-organ Sangama on Saturday failure, died of cardiac arbetween 3 and 5 pm. rest in the city on ThursChief Minister H D day. She was admitted to Kumaraswamy, forManipal Hospital on mer CM SiddaramaiMarch 8 with chronic kidah, Home Minister M ney and lung ailments. LatB Patil and other cabier, she developed sepsis net ministers are exand was on life support till Maate Mahadevi pected to attend. the end came around 4.45 pm Maate Mahadevi was on Thursday She was the head in the forefront of the recent . of the Basava Dharma Peetha movement demanding separate located at Kudala Sangama in religious status for Lingayat Bagalkot district. community. She was born on The mortal remains of Maate March 13, 1946. Following her Mahadevi will be kept for pub- initiation in 1965 by Lingananlic viewing at Basava Mantapa da Swami, she started writing in Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, till Vachanas and entered a life of 12 pm on Friday and from spirituality at the age of 19. P6 @ Bengaluru FEE HIKE PG medical courses fee up at govt colleges The state govt has hiked the fee at govt medical colleges by five times. The fee for clinical courses will go up from Rs 20,000 to Rs 1 lakh from the 2019-20 academic year JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda addresses a party workers’ meet in Mandya on Thursday. Party Mandya candidate Nikhil looks on | EXPRESS sire to help his dad and serve the party,” Gowda said. Kumaraswamy who ech, 2019 oed similar views regarding his son’s entry into politics, said that he was afraid when Nikhil was selected as the candidate to contest from Mandya. “During the previous election, I had to travel and campaign alone. Seeing my situation, Nikhil asked me whether he could campaign in some constituencies on my beP5 half,” he said. LOK SABHA ELECTION Rahul, BJP spar on China block to UN ban on Azhar Maate Mahadevi, first female Lingayat seer, dies EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh The BJP quickly retorted, wondering why Rahul was in a celebratory mood when India was in pain. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad asked why Rahul had not made any comment when China had blocked a proposal on the same grounds in 2009 when UPA was in power. He also sought to pin down the Congress, saying it Nehru who helped China become a permanent member of the UN P7 Security Council. Mehendis, rangolis to boost voter turnout in Belagavi S U N I L PAT I L @Belagavi VARIOUS government bodies, private organisations and NGOs are working in tandem to ensure a large voter turnout in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in the district. As part of the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Program (SVEEP), an awareness workshop for devadasis and transgenders, was held at Maheshwari School for The Blind here on Wednesday which was attended by more than 600 people. During the programme, transgenders attached to The Humanity Foundation created awareness among voters in a special way by drawing rangoli on the premises of the school and by applying mehendi on the hands of the people attending the workshop with messages highlighting the importance of voting like ‘Nanna Mata Nanna P4 Hakku’. BJP to support Sumalatha The BJP central leadership has decided not to field a candidate in Mandya but back Sumalatha instead. Sumalatha and BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa are scheduled to meet on Friday to give shape to the proposed plan P5 of support. AMID ongoing bilateral tensions, India and Pakistan on Thursday held positive talks in a “conducive environment” on a draft agreement on the Kartarpur corridor connecting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district in India. While the first round of talks were held at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari border, the next round is slated for April 2 at the Wagah border. Before that, technical experts of both countries will meet on March 19 to finalise the alignment. The Indian side sought visa-free access for 5,000 pilgrims per day to the gurdwara in Pakistan. After the five-hour meeting with the 18-member Pakistani delegation, S C L Das, joint secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs said,“We pressed on the need for arranging the visit of at least 5,000 pilgrims per day , to begin with, in Phase 1 of the project. This should include not only Indian nationals but people of Indian origin as well.’’ Pakistan was urged to allow the visit of pilgrims on all seven days of a week without a break. It was also asked to provide for a much higher size of ‘jathhas’ of pilgrims on special days like Gurupurab and Baisakhi, when the corridor would receive massive footfall, Das added.
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