Monday, January 18, 2016

Air India Chairman conducts safety checks after technician's death

Mumbai: Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani has been conducting surprise inspections at airports across the country to identify the airline's safety problems after a technician was sucked into an aircraft engine at Mumbai airport and died. Lohani has stepped up recruitment of additional staff and is strengthening infrastructure to prevent lapses that led to the death of senior technician Ravi Subramanian on December 15.
The airline has now put in place an 'open reporting system' in which employees are encouraged to flag safety issues and suggest remedies. "This helps us in carrying out risk assessments, followed by recommended preventive and corrective action," an Air India spokesperson said.
The measures are already paying off: the national carrier on Sunday became the first Indian airline to clear an enhanced safety audit of ground operations conducted by the global airlines body IATA. The certification is valid till 2018.
The AI spokesperson said that spot checks by Lohani and the chief of safety were further evidence of the airline's increased focus on making operations risk-free for employees and passengers. "The chairman and managing director has address various concerns and is hiring additional manpower," the official said.
18/01/16  Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror 
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