Air India’s chief of flight safety suspended for negligence in preventing accidents Latest News India

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday suspended Air India’s chief of flight safety for a month after finding lapses in accident prevention work carried out by the airline. The aviation watchdog team has monitored Air India on July 25 and 26 in the areas of internal audit, accident prevention work and availability of required technical manpower.

Air India (REUTERS)
Air India (REUTERS)

According to DGCA, these checks were carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Flight Safety Manual and Civil Aviation.

“The surveillance found lapses in the accident prevention work carried out by the airline and the availability of required technical manpower. It was further observed that some internal audits/spot checks which were claimed to have been carried out by the airline In an incorrect manner and not in accordance with regulatory requirements, the DGCA said in a statement.

“The DGCA, after reviewing the action report submitted by the airline, issued show cause notices to the post holders concerned,” it added.

The aviation regulator has directed the Tata Group-owned airline not to assign any audit, monitoring, or spot checks related to DGCA compliance to a specific auditor, whose inspections indicate lack of due diligence. do

Air India has been facing heat from the aviation regulator for the past few months. Recently, the DGCA has suspended simulator training activities for A320 pilots at the airline’s facility in Hyderabad due to some deficiencies observed during an inspection, PTI reported citing sources.

“Whatever the regulator has suggested in its observations, we are considering it and taking corrective measures,” a senior Air India official told PTI.

The Tata-owned airline has a dedicated Boeing simulator training facility at its Central Training Establishment (CTE) in Hyderabad and Mumbai. While the Mumbai facility is for simulator training for pilots of its wide-body fleet – Boeing 777 and B787 aircraft, the Hyderabad facility is for similar training for pilots of the narrow-body fleet – A320 aircraft.

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