After a string of safety-related mishaps in recent weeks, India has requested that airlines improve their technical capabilities at all base and transit stations, the junior minister for civil aviation told MPs on Monday.
Additionally, according to V. K. Singh’s address to the parliament, “airlines have been urged to take necessary mitigating action and increased internal surveillance to ensure safety of flight operations.”
However, dozens of mid-air safety incidents in recent weeks have prompted special spot checks and safety audits by the aviation regulator. Although Indian airlines reported 478 technical issues in the year ending June 30, 2022.
The focus is on Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd., which, according to Singh, “has had a series of events during operation of their aircraft fleet” as a result of component failure, unfavourable weather, or bird strikes.”
In the most recent incident involving the loss-making airline, a SpiceJet plane was forced to abort its takeoff on a Mumbai runway on Thursday due to a caution alert. This happened one day after the regulator cut the airline’s capacity in half.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) checked 300 aircraft, including 62 SpiceJet aircraft, for additional safety measures between May 2 and June 6. He said the spot checks revealed issues that the airlines resolved.
Only 48 SpiceJet aircraft were subjected to another round of inspections by the DGCA from July 9 to July 13.
Although the inspections turned up “no severe findings or safety violations,” the DGCA still suspended the use of 10 aircraft as a precautionary step until the airline was able to address all of the documented flaws or malfunctions, Singh said.
SpiceJet stated on Monday that it was confident in its ability to allay any worries the regulator may have.
The DGCA has mandated special audits and spot checks, and the government has instructed airlines to “pay highest emphasis to safety of operations,” Singh added.
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