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DGCA suspends Air India’s Flight Safety Chief for one month, ET Infra


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India’s aviation regulator on Thursday suspended Air India’s Flight Safety Chief for certain lapses. The suspension will be in effect for one month.

On July 25 and 26, a Directorate General of Civil Aviation team carried out the surveillance of Air India in the areas of internal audit, accident prevention work and availability of required technical manpower.

“The approval of Chief of Flight Safety of Air India has been suspended for a period of one month for the lapses established,” it said

The surveillance found deficiencies in the accident prevention work carried out by the organisation and the availability of the requisite technical man power as required in the approved Flight Safety Manual and the relevant Civil Aviation Requirements, DGCA said in a release.

According to media reports in August, inspection findings submitted to the DGCA found that the airline had fabricated reports for 13 safety checkpoints that it was obligated to conduct routine safety spot checks on.

These safety checkpoints are present across different operational areas including cabin surveillance, cargo handling, ramp operations, and load management. The deficiencies were spotted by the DGCA in an unannounced check.

The suspension comes in the wake of other troubles the Tata-owned airline has had with the DGCA, which had earlier this year issued a show cause notice to Air India CEO Campbell Wilson and Head of Safety, Security and Quality Functions Henry Donohoe for the airline’s lapses in reporting about the incident of a pilot allowing a female friend inside the cockpit during a Dubai-Delhi flight on February 27, 2023.

  • Published On Sep 21, 2023 at 12:52 PM IST

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