Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Safety checklist not being followed: DGCA to airlines, ground handlers

New Delhi: On Monday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) held a meeting with senior officials of ground handling agencies and airlines managing their own ground operations to give them a rap on the knuckles. The reason: two months after the ground handlers were issued a comprehensive safety checklist by the regulator, a two-day audit at the Delhi airport revealed serious lapses.

Among the most common observations made for all ground handlers during the audit at Delhi airport on October 9 and 10 were: foreign object debris not being cleared before arrival of an aircraft at bay, equipment being parked inside the safety area, chocks being placed inside safety lines during arrival of aircraft, luggage dollies parked in designated areas did not have brakes, lack of driver permits for specific equipment and lack of emergency safety response drill being conducted.

According to sources present at the meeting — attended by officials from Celebi, Air India-SATS, GoAir, SpiceJet and BWFS (Bird Group) — DGCA chief Arun Kumar asked the ground handlers to immediately address the concerns and said that more frequent spot checks would be done to ensure compliance with the prevalent norms. During the inspection, 10 observations were made in case of BWFS, nine for GoAir, eight for Celebi and three each for SpiceJet and Air India-SATS.
16/10/19 Indian Express
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