Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Two months, four airlines and 14 air safety incidents — DGCA says 'safety paramount'

Two aircraft of GoAir – now rebranded as GoFirst – on Tuesday reported technical glitches in the engine midair and were diverted to Delhi and Srinagar respectively. Going by media reports, 14 air incidents have been reported so far in the last two months.

On July 17, an Indigo Sharjah-Hyderabad flight was diverted to Karachi as a precaution after pilots observed a defect in one of the engines. This is the second airline to make an emergency landing at Karachi after SpiceJet on July 5.

Another Indigo Delhi-Vadodara flight was diverted to Jaipur when vibrations were observed in the engines of the aircraft on June 14.

The aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement that it was investigating both the cases. The regulator also issued a notice to its competitor SpiceJet after it reported 8 safety incidents in the span of just 18 days.

On Monday, civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia held one-on-one meetings with all airlines and asked them to ramp up safety precautions. He also chaired a meeting with senior officials of his ministry and DGCA on Sunday, in which he took a detailed report from officials about the incidents in the last one month and told them that there should be no compromise over passengers' safety.

After SpiceJet was slapped with a DGCA notice, Scindia tweeted, "Passenger safety is paramount. Even the smallest error hindering safety will be thoroughly investigated and course-corrected.”

Air India Express had two incidents on two consecutive days — July 15 and 16. A bird was found alive in the cockpit of its IX-474 aircraft, while it was flying at 37,000 feet. The aircraft was flying from Bahrain to Kochi.

Air India’s other flight from Calicut to Dubai was diverted to Muscat after a burning smell was detected in the cabin.

19/07/22 Vaamanaa Sethi/Business Insider

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