India Regulator Suspends Air India's Flight Safety Chief Approval After Lapses Were Discovered

The Flight Safety Chief of Air India has had their approval suspended by India's aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), for a month, as a result of some lapses were reported.

The Suspension

The DGCA announced the suspension on Thursday after an internal audit revealed deficiencies in the accident prevention work carried out by Air India. The audit also found that the airline did not have the necessary technical manpower as required by the approved Flight Safety Manual and relevant civil aviation requirements.


The Lapses

The DGCA's team conducted surveillance of Air India on July 25 and 26, focusing on areas such as internal audit, accident prevention work, and the availability of required technical manpower. The surveillance found deficiencies in the accident prevention work carried out by the organization. 

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The DGCA Respond

In response to these findings, the DGCA decided to suspend the approval of Air India's Chief of Flight Safety for a period of one month. This decision underscores the regulator's commitment to ensuring that all airlines adhere to safety standards and protocols.

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This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of stringent safety measures and protocols in the aviation industry. It is crucial for airlines to ensure they have adequate technical manpower and robust accident prevention mechanisms in place. As we continue to monitor this situation, we hope this incident will lead to improved safety measures within Air India and across the industry.

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