Shock to Air India, DGCA suspends flight safety chief


New Delhi (Uttam Hindu News): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended Air India’s flight safety chief for a month after an inspection found lapses in the airline’s accident prevention protocols. A team inspected Air India on July 25 and 26 for internal audit, accident prevention work and availability of required technical manpower, an official of the aviation watchdog said. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) found deficiencies in the accident prevention work undertaken by the airline and the availability of requisite technical manpower as per the approved flight safety manual and civil aviation requirements. The DGCA official said, it was observed that some of the internal audits/spot checks conducted by the airline were conducted carelessly and were not as per the regulatory requirements.

After reviewing the action taken report submitted by the airline, DGCA had issued a show cause notice to the concerned officials of Air India. The official said, based on review of the response received, the airline has been directed not to casually delegate any audit/surveillance/spot check related to compliance with DGCA requirements to the special auditor involved in the inspection. Apart from this, the head of flight safety of Air India has been suspended for a period of one month for the established lapses, the official said.

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