After taking stringent action against several airlines and private charters and grounding 14 aircraft for safety violations, aviation regulator DGCA has decided to continue its spree of surprise checks of airports too through the year, official sources said on Monday.
In a frightening incident, a Brussels-bound Jet Airways flight from Mumbai suddenly dropped 5,000 feet in the Ankara airspace over Turkey as the commander of the Boeing 777 aircraft was sleeping and thy co-pilot was busy with her tablet.
Objecting to 13 pilots of no-frills carrier GoAir not fulfilling the necessary training requirements, aviation regulator DGCA has issued show cause notices to them and a concerned airline official, official sources said on Monday.
A total of 14 aircraft have been grounded by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation this year following surprise checks conducted as part of its oversight activity to ensure strict compliance of safety regulations.
In a bid to check fog-related diversions from IGI Airport here, a DGCA panel has recommended several steps like upgrading of neighbouring alternative airports, meteorological facilities and runway radar coverage.
With the DGCA cracking the whip on air charter firms flouting safety norms, the companies busy flying politicians for poll campaign would now report to the aviation regulator on operational issues once every week from tomorrow.
Acting for the first time on an election-related complaint, the DGCA has suspended licenses of two pilots for making an unauthorised sortie in poll-bound Nagaland early this year which was intercepted by an EC team for carrying Rs one crore cash.