Saturday, February 11, 2017

GoAir aircraft maintenance engineer loses licence

New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA has suspended the licence of an aircraft maintenance engineer of GoAir, owned by Wadia Group, for failing to detect a fault in an aircraft.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation found that the AME failed to see a glitch in the magnetic plug below the gearbox of one of the aircraft, and cleared the aircraft for take-off.

It led to suspected gear failure and an emergency situation when the aircraft had to return to New Delhi instead of flying to Bengaluru on Wednesday evening.

The DGCA said the AME did not follow the trouble-shooting manual and ignored a warning, putting the lives of passengers at risk.

People familiar with the matter in the DGCA said there was no engine fire when the aircraft was midair or while landing in Delhi. The flight was carrying 190 people. “Due to wrong action on the part of the AME, DGCA suspended his licence yesterday pending investigation,” a DGCA official who does not want to be named said.
11/02/17 Asian Age