Saturday, October 16, 2021

DGCA temporarily suspends SpiceJet's licence to carry dangerous goods after fumes in cargo hold find way to passenger cabin

New Delhi: Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has temporarily suspended SpiceJet's licence for the transportation of 'dangerous goods' for alleged violations.

Carrying dangerous goods in a manner allegedly not in compliance with how the same should have been flown safely recently saw fumes emanate from the parcel kept in cargo hold of a SpiceJet passenger flight.

Fumes from the package found their way to the passenger cabin and led to flyers complaining of irritation in eyes and coughing, say officials who probed this lapse.

The DGCA after reportedly finding lapses in this case -- has asked SpiceJet not to carry dangerous goods for 30 days on any of its flights.

The airline, on its part, says the shipper who booked this cargo did not declare the dangerous goods being carried as such, which led to the issue.

The regulator has taken a very stern view of this lapse. Luckily the passenger flight on which this happened landed safely at its destination, say sources.

A SpiceJet spokesman said: "There was a minor issue with a package being declared as 'non-dangerous good' by a shipper and the lapse was on the shipper’s part. SpiceJet has blacklisted the shipper and has taken preventive and corrective action as advised by DGCA.”

In order to ensure safe transport of dangerous goods — articles capable of posing a risk to health or safety — by air, aviation authorities have issued standards and technical instructions.

Special training is given to ensure people handling such items' carriage can appreciate the risks involved and deal with them in accordance with the laid down processes and procedures.

16/10/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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