DGCA spot checks 48 SpiceJet aircraft; No major security breach found: Govt


PTI

New Delhi, July 25

Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh said on Monday that aviation regulator DGCA conducted 53 on-the-spot checks of 48 SpiceJet aircraft between July 9 and July 13, but no major security breach was found in it.

Singh in his writing said, “However, as a safety measure, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered SpiceJet to use certain identified aircraft (10) for operations only after confirming from the regulator that All defects/malfunctions have been rectified,” Singh said in his writings. Reply in Rajya Sabha.

SpiceJet’s aircraft were involved in at least eight technical snag incidents in a period of 18 days beginning June 19, following which the DGCA on July 6 issued a show-cause notice to the airline, stating that the “defective” The safety margin has declined as a result of “internal safety inspections” and “inadequate” maintenance actions.

Singh said that three days after the notice was issued, the regulator started investigating the SpiceJet planes. The investigation of the spot was completed on July 13.

“A total of 53 spot checks were carried out on 48 aircraft, which did not find any major significant searches or security breaches,” he said.

The DGCA’s safety monitoring process includes sequential follow-up steps including communication of comments or findings to airlines to take corrective action, review of corrective actions taken by airlines for decision-making, and initiation of enforcement action including warnings, suspensions, and suspensions. The cancellation or imposition of a financial penalty to the person or airline involved, he said.

In its notice to SpiceJet on July 6, the regulator had said that the airline has failed to establish “safe, efficient and reliable air services” under the Aircraft Rules, 1937.

The notice said, “Review (of incidents) reveals that poor internal safety inspections and inadequate maintenance action (as most incidents were related to either component failure or system-related failure) resulted in a decline in safety margins.” “

The regulator gave the airline three weeks to respond to the notice.

On 5 July, a SpiceJet cargo plane, headed for Chongqing in China, returned to Kolkata as the pilots realized after the flight that its weather radar was not working.

On 5 July itself, the airline’s Delhi-Dubai flight was diverted to Karachi due to poor fuel indicators and its Kandla-Mumbai flight made a priority landing in Maharashtra’s capital city after cracks developed in its windshield mid-air. Was.

On July 2, a Jabalpur-bound SpiceJet flight returned to Delhi after crew members noticed smoke in the cabin at an altitude of about 5,000 feet.

The fuselage door warning flashed on two different SpiceJet aircraft while taking off on June 24 and June 25, forcing the aircraft to abandon its journey and return.

On 19 June, soon after take-off from Patna airport, an engine of the carrier’s Delhi-bound aircraft carrying 185 passengers caught fire and the plane made an emergency landing a few minutes later. The engine malfunctioned due to the bird’s collision.

In another incident on 19 June, a SpiceJet flight bound for Jabalpur had to return to Delhi due to cabin pressure issues.