India issues ‘show-cause notice’ to SpiceJet after plane makes emergency landing in Karachi :
The Indian aviation regulator has issued an alert to the airline SpiceJet following a thorough review of recent incidentsincluding an forced landing on Karachi airport. The review revealed “poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions” by SpiceJet.
The plane carrying 132 people as well as 12 staff members of Delhi on Tuesday had an unplanned landing in Jinnah International Airport Karachi after reporting a fault as well as seeking approval from the authorities.
India issues ‘show-cause notice’ to SpiceJet
The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that an examination of several incidents involving SpiceJet’s aircrafts since April 1 revealed the following “the aircraft either turned back to its originating station or continued landing to the destination with degraded safety margins”.
On the 5th of July alone, SpiceJet had two mid-air issues.
In one instance, SpiceJet was forced to change their Boeing 737 plane to Karachi because of an indicator light not working. Both planes safely landed.
In the second the side windshield’s outer pane of the Bombardier Q400 aircraft was damaged during its flight. In the second incident,
“The review transpires that poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions has resulted in degradation of the safety margins,” the DGCA wrote in its letter to the airline in which it gave airlines three weeks in which to reply.
“From the above it may be deducted that SpiceJet has failed to establish a safe, efficient and reliable air service,” the watchdog wrote in its July 5, which was released through India’s aviation civil department via the Twitter platform on Wednesday.
SpiceJet which saw its shares fall to their lowest levels since March 2020, in the morning trade It said it was determined to ensure a safe operation for its passengers as well as crew.
“We have been regularly audited by DGCA. All our aircraft were audited a month ago by the regulator and found to be safe,” the company claimed and added that all of flights are in accordance with the aviation regulations.
In September, as part of an analysis of financials of SpiceJet the DGCA discovered that the suppliers of SpiceJet were not receiving regular payments, and this led to a shortage in spare parts.
“Passenger safety is paramount,” the minister of civil aviation in India, Jyotiraditya Scindia, said on Twitter.
“Even the smallest error hindering safety will be thoroughly investigated and course-corrected,” He stated.
The shares from the Indian budget airline have fallen 43.4 percent so far this year, in contrast to an 17.6 percent drop in the rival Interglobe Aviation.
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