At least 71 pilots were grounded this year for various reasons, including being found tipsy, with about half of them belonging to no-frill carriers SpiceJet and IndiGo, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
A day after a Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight with around 140 passengers on board, hit a buffalo on the run-way, airport authorities began mending fences and walls on Friday, to prevent any more incursions by stray animals, officials said.
A Delhi-bound Spicejet plane with 146 people on board hit a buffalo while proceeding for take- off here last night but no one was injured in the incident, though the aircraft was damaged and the airline suspended operations to this Gujarat town indefinitely.
Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, on Friday directed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to conduct an inquiry into the incident where a Spicejet aircraft hit an buffalo on the Surat runway and asked the regulator to ensure that accidents do not recur.
Budget carrier SpiceJet has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay a compensation of Rs 28,000 to a couple for failing to take care of their luggage, which was damaged and tampered with while in transit.