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478 technical snags reported by Indian airlines in last one year: Scindia


NEW DELHI: Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said that Indian airlines have reported 478 technical snags in the one-year period from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, — over a snag every day.
“A total of 177 surveillance, 497 spot checks and 169 night surveillance have been carried out by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on engineering and maintenance aspects of scheduled operators during the last one year (July 1, 2021, – June 30, 2022),” Scindia said in a Parliamentary reply.
“Based on the violations found during surveillance, spot checks, night surveillance carried out during 2021-22, enforcement action has been taken by DGCA against responsible personnel/post holder of the airline operator in 21 instances of violations, which inter-alia includes suspension of license, withdrawal of post holder (approved personnel to the airlines involved in the maintenance of aircraft), issuance of warning letters, etc,” the reply added.
“During operations, an aircraft may experience technical snags due to malfunctioning of components/ equipment fitted on the aircraft which require rectification action by the airlines for continued safe, efficient and reliable air transport service. These technical snags are reported by the flight crew on receiving an aural/ visual warning in the cockpit or an indication of an inoperative/ faulty system or while experiencing difficulty in handling/ operating the aircraft,” it added.
“The DGCA has laid down regulations under (rules) which requires that the aircraft is maintained in accordance with the manufacturers’ guidelines and all snags reported on the aircraft are rectified before the aircraft is released for flight… airline operators are required to ensure that the aircraft are maintained in a continuous state of airworthiness and all defects are rectified,” Scindia’s reply said.
“DGCA has a laid down mechanism of conducting surveillance, spot checks, night surveillance etc. of the airlines/ organizations and personnel to ensure the safety of passenger and aircraft. The observations/ findings made during surveillance, spot checks and night surveillance are provided to the airline for taking corrective action. The action taken to correct the observations are reviewed and the findings are closed or in case of violations, DGCA takes enforcement action in accordance with laid down procedures which may consist of warning, suspension, cancellation including the imposition of financial penalty to the personnel involved/ airline,” he added.
In July, during the ongoing inspection/investigation by DGCA 12 aircraft have been grounded for various technical discrepancies. Action taken by the DGCA includes suspension of licence, and withdrawal of post holder issuance of warning letters, among other action.



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