Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday asked chiefs of Indian carriers to ramp up safety oversight in a one-on-one meeting. The meeting comes as a result of multiple technical malfunction incidents in Indian carriers’ planes that have taken place in the last one month.
According to PTI sources, Scindia told each airline to take all necessary steps that are needed to ramp up safety oversight.
A day before, Scindia had held a meeting on safety issues with senior officials of his ministry and regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
During the Sunday meeting, the minister had taken a detailed report from officials about the incidents over the last one month and told them that there should be no compromise over passengers’ safety.
On Sunday, IndiGo’s Sharjah-Hyderabad flight was diverted to Karachi as a precautionary measure after pilots observed a defect in one of the engines.
On Saturday night, the Calicut-Dubai flight of the Air India Express was diverted to Muscat after a burning smell was observed in the cabin mid-air.
A day earlier an alive bird was found in the cockpit of the Air India Express Bahrain-Kochi flight.
SpiceJet is under regulatory scanner right now. On July 6, the DGCA issued a show-cause notice to SpiceJet following at least eight incidents of technical malfunction in its aircraft since June 19.
The DGCA is currently investigating all these incidents.
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