Indian airline fined after pilot lands plane without training

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) imposed a fine of 1 million Indian rupees (US$12,892) on a private airline for violating safety regulations, reported Xinhua, quoting officials of the civil aviation watchdog on Thursday.

Air Vistara has been fined for letting an improperly trained pilot land a flight with passengers on board. The violation was detected recently at an airport in central Madhya Pradesh state.

“Vistara has been fined INR 10 lakhs by DGCA for violation of takeoff and landing clearance given to first officers without conducting any training,“ an official of the DGCA told media.

The pilot, who was the first officer on the flight, landed the aircraft at the Indore airport recently without first getting the requisite training in a simulator.

“This was a serious violation endangering lives of the passengers on board,“ the official was quoted as having said.

According to officials, first officers are trained to land aircraft in simulators before being allowed to do it with an actual aircraft that has passengers on board.

Source: Bernama - The Sun Daily

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