Sunday, February 11, 2018

Two top airlines risk passengers' lives, fly faulty planes with faulty engines

New Delhi: At least 23 aircraft of Indigo Airlines had 69 engine failures over a span of 18 months between March 2016 and September 2017. A mega investigation by Times Now has revealed that the airline suffered about four engine failures every month over this period, thus risking lives of passengers on various routes.

Documents accessed by Times Now reveal that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) flagged the issue of frequent engine removals of Indigo A320 Neo aircraft. The airline, however, failed to take any concrete action on the matter.

 According to the reports in possession of the channel, also show how 13 Go Air planes and 32 Indigo planes have been flying with faulty engines. Alarm bells started ringing in the DGCA, when, in an internal communication, it was revealed that a total of eight aircraft have been waiting for engine replacements- two requiring both engines replaced.

Responding to the investigation, Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation said that the government is not "going to compromise on safety". He added that the safety standards followed by the DGCA are "world class" and that any violations "will be looked into". He said that the government is carrying its own investigations into the matter.

11/02/18 Times Now

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