A Spicejet airline, which was scheduled to fly from Mumbai on Thursday to Kandla in the western state of Gujarat could not take off due to a caution alert.
A SpiceJet Q400 aircraft scheduled to fly from Mumbai to Gujarat aborted take off owing to the illumination of a caution alert,” the airline told in a report.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
The incident happened just a day after India’s aviation regulator ordered SpiceJet to slash its approved fleet by half this summer for 8 weeks citing safety snags. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also told it would put the domestic airline under “enhanced surveillance”.
The DGCA mentioned that if the airline wants to increase the number of flights beyond 50% during the eight weeks, it will have to demonstrate that it has “sufficient technical help and financial resources to safely and efficiently undertake such enhanced capacity”.
The regulator stated that it conducted a financial audit of the airline in September last year and found the carrier is working on a “cash and carry model” and the suppliers and vendors are not being paid on a regular basis, leading to a lack of spare parts.
There is “poor internal safety oversight” and “inadequate maintenance actions” in the airline which has resulted in degradation of “safety margins”, it told.
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What happened with SpiceJet flights today?
As per the news agencies, a SpiceJet plane was “almost at full speed” on the runway when it was suddenly stopped and the pilot aborted the takeoff, declaring later it was a technical issue. The incident caused panic among some passengers.
SpiceJet’s aircraft were involved in at least 8 incidents of technical malfunction between June 19 and July 5.
Shares of SpiceJet settled over 3% lower on Thursday after the company was requested by aviation regulator DGCA to curtail its services by half for 8 weeks. In morning trade, the stock had tanked almost 10%
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