Following a series of security-related incidents in recent weeks, airlines have been asked to enhance their engineering-related capabilities at all base and transit stations, the civil aviation minister told lawmakers on Monday.
VK Singh told Parliament that airlines have also been asked to take “appropriate mitigation action and more internal monitoring to ensure the safety of air operations”.
Indian airlines reported 478 technical glitches in the year to June 30, 2022, but dozens of mid-air safety incidents in recent weeks have prompted special spot checks and safety audits by the aviation regulator.
The spotlight is on SpiceJet Ltd, which has experienced “a series of incidents during the operations of its aircraft fleet” due to component failure, bad weather or bird strike, Mr Singh said.
On Thursday, a SpiceJet aircraft was forced to abort its take-off on the Mumbai runway due to caution, in the latest incident involving the loss-making airline, which has been asked by the regulator to halve its capacity. The day came.
Between May 2 and June 6, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conducted a special security check on 300 aircraft, including 62 SpiceJet aircraft. He said that the investigation of the spot revealed that the airlines had rectified it.
The DGCA re-tested only 48 SpiceJet planes between July 9 and July 13.
Mr Singh said that while the investigation did not lead to “no significant discovery or security breach”, the DGCA, as an abundant security measure, halted the use of 10 aircraft until the airline corrects all reported defects or malfunctions. Haven’t been able to recover, Mr. Singh said.
SpiceJet on Monday said it is confident of addressing any concerns of the regulator.
Mr Singh said the government has urged airlines to “give utmost importance to the safety of operations” and special audits and spot checks have been ordered by the DGCA.