Friday, December 17, 2021

Airline to be issued notice for loader’s Abu Dhabi trip

Mumbai: The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) will be issuing show-cause notices to IndiGo and its ground handling subsidiary over the security lapse incident involving a loader who travelled from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi in the cargo hold of the airline’s aircraft this past Sunday.

“An inquiry by a joint director rank officer of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has been ordered to probe the incident,” said M Nowshad, joint director (tech), BCAS.

“Show-cause notices are being issued to both the entities and suitable action will be taken against them upon receipt of their replies for failing to follow the relevant aviation security directives,” he said.

“This lapse on the part of Indigo Airlines security team and Agile ground handling agency supervisory staff has been viewed seriously,” he added.

On December 12, IndiGo flight 6E-1835 departed from Mumbai around 3 am. In the cargo compartment was one of the loaders who serviced the flight. According to a Directorate General of Civil Aviation official, the loader said he had fallen asleep in the cargo hold and woke up only during the take-off roll.

A senior security official, who requested anonymity, said: “Such an incident can occur only with a number of lapses. Did the supervisor carry out a head count after the loading was done?”

17/12/21 Times of India

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