Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Go First Delhi-Guwahati Flight's Windshield Cracks, Diverted To Jaipur

New Delhi: A Go First flight heading from Delhi to Guwahati was diverted to Jaipur after the A320neo aircraft's windshield cracked mid-air, aviation regulator DGCA officials said.

This is the third incident of technical malfunction on a Go First aircraft in two days.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is investigating all three incidents.

After the pilots observed that the windshield on the plane has cracked, they wanted to return to Delhi but could not do so due to heavy rains on Wednesday afternoon, the officials said, adding the A320neo plane was then diverted to Jaipur.

The airline did not respond to PTI's request for a comment on this matter.

On Tuesday, Go First's Mumbai-Leh and Srinagar-Delhi flights faced engine snags and both planes were grounded by the DGCA.

The two planes involved in Tuesday's incidents will be allowed to fly only after being cleared by the DGCA, officials noted.

According to Go First's website, the carrier has 57 planes in its fleet.

There have been multiple technical malfunction incidents in planes flown by Indian carriers in the last one month.

Consequently, between Sunday and Tuesday, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia held multiple meetings with airlines and officials from his ministry and DGCA to ensure safety oversight.

The DGCA had on Monday said it conducted spot checks and found that an insufficient number of engineering personnel were certifying planes of various carriers before take-off.

Before each departure, an aircraft is checked and certified by an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME).

The DGCA has now issued guidelines for airlines on the deployment of qualified AMEs and directed them to comply by July 28.

The spot checks also found that AME teams of airlines are improperly identifying the "cause of a reported defect", the DGCA order noted.

20/07/22 PTI/NDTV

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