“The windshield of a Go-Air flight between Delhi-Guwahati cracked mid-air. Due to poor weather, the aircraft did not return to Delhi and diverted safely to Jaipur,” a DGCA official was quoted as saying by the news agency.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
This is the third incident of technical malfunction on a Go First aircraft in two days. On Tuesday, two A320neo of Go First were grounded by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. This came after the airline’s Mumbai-Leh and Srinagar-Delhi flights faced engine snags.
Both aircraft said faults in engine number 2. The Mumbai-Leh flight was diverted to Delhi, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials stated. The Srinagar-Delhi flight returned to Srinagar after engine number two showed fault mid-air.
The aviation regulator is investigating the incidents and both planes, with Pratt and Whitney engines, will fly only when cleared by it, the officials told.
- On 17 July, IndiGo’s Sharjah-Hyderabad flight was diverted to Karachi as a precautionary measure after pilots observed a defect in one engine.
- On 16 July, 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 live bird was found in the cockpit of the Air India Express Bahrain-Kochi flight on 15 July.
SpiceJet is under the scanner right now. On 6 July, the DGCA gave a show-cause notice to SpiceJet following at least eight incidents of technical malfunction in its aircraft since 19 June.
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The DGCA is currently investigating all these incidents.
In view of this, aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has held multiple meetings with airlines and officials from his ministry and DGCA officials to ensure safety oversight.
The DGCA on Monday stated it conducted spot checks and found that an insufficient number of engineering personnel were certifying planes of various carriers before take-off.
The aviation regulator has now issued guidelines for airlines on the deployment of qualified AME personnel and directed them to comply by 28 July.
The spot checks also found that AME teams of airlines are improperly identifying the “cause of a said defect”, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) order noted.
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