Thursday, January 03, 2019

SpiceJet under DGCA lens for purported New Year revelry onboard flight

New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA has sought explanation from SpiceJet after a purported video showed passengers indulging in New Year revelry onboard a flight to Amristar from Goa, a source said. The incident happened on December 31 when the flight SG 282 was "cruising" at 35,000 feet.

The source said such activities while flying could be a violation of flight safety norms. To check whether there has been any violations, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought explanation from the crew of that flight, the source added.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said at no point in time was any safety aspect compromised, and all necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) were followed.

"Two enthusiastic passengers onboard the SpiceJet Goa-Amritsar flight on the night of December 31-January 1 shot a video of other passengers shaking hands and giving each other hi-five as part of New Year revelry. There was also music playing in the background," said the source.

When the video came to the notice of the DGCA, it called the operating crew for an explanation.

A senior DGCA official said it has received the airline's response also and is "looking into it".

In a detailed statement, the SpiceJet spokesperson said the video circulating on social media has not been shot by the airline crew.

"Also the video footage has been edited and music added in the background at a later stage," he added.
03/01/19 PTI/Times of India