DGCA to meet airlines officials over safety issue
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 20:43
New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA is reviewing the replies by airlines on the safety lapses pointed out by it in a financial audit and would be meeting top officials of the air carriers shortly, sources said on Thursday.

Weeks after several safety lapses were pointed out by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) after a financial surveillance, the Indian carriers claimed they were complying with all safety regulations for their flight operations.

The DGCA would hold a meeting "shortly" to tell airline representatives whether their plans to comply with all instructions and rules, as pointed out by the regulator following the audit, were practicable and feasible, the sources said.

The audit found a long list of discrepancies and violations by the cash-strapped airlines due to widespread sickness in the sector which was seriously impacting safety of flight operations.

Taking serious note of non-compliance or flouting of safety rules by the carriers, it recommended action against the airlines under the Aircraft Rules and Civil Aviation Requirements (CARs).

After the meeting with all the airlines, the DGCA would carry out a safety review under the Safety Evaluation Assessment Tool (SEAT) which has over 150 parameters, the sources said.

Now on, the regulator would constantly monitor the airlines to keep a track on whether they continue to maintain high standards and practices to ensure fool-proof safety of flight operations, they said.


First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 20:43

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