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Air safety incidents at Goa and Delhi airport; 2 pilots suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a day of miraculous escape for air passengers as two major accidents were averted on Tuesday. The first incident pertained to a Goa-Mumbai Jet flight which skidded off at the Goa airport on early morning resulting in 12 people getting injured. The flying licence of the two pilots was suspended and a probe by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) of the Civil Aviation Ministry was launched soon after the incident. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said a thorough time-bound investigation and corrective action shall be ensured.The second incident happened at national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport when an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft came dangerously close to each other on the runway, allegedly because of bad weather and due to ‘miscommunication’ with the Air Traffic Control (ATC). Both incidents raised questions on India’s air safety record which is obviously a cause of worry as the country is one of the fastest growing aviation market.A three-member team of AAIB rushed to Goa for inspection of the spot of accident, sources in the Ministry said. “Prima facie the runway accident appears to be the pilot’s fault. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has withdrawn the flying privileges of the two pilots, including the Commander, pending the initial outcome of the probe,” a source at DGCA said. Officials in AAIB were of the same opinion. They said that in all ‘probability’ the accident took place because of the pilot’s fault, adding that the preliminary findings on the accident are likely to be submitted in a week’s time.The Jet Airways flight 9W 2374 with 161 people onboard veered off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa while aligning for take-off. The incident took place at 5 am when the Boeing 737 aircraft turned a full 360 degrees and its nose touched the soft land while taxiing for take off early on Tuesday in Goa airport. The Jet Airways flight had arrived from Dubai and was heading to Mumbai. There was panic among the passengers and a few passengers suffered injuries even during the evacuation process. Some passengers had to be rushed to the local hospital and five of the 12 injured passengers were hospitalised till late evening.Sources in Indian Navy, which manages the Dabolim airport, said its prompt response in rescuing passengers prevented a ‘catastrophe’. The airport, which is located in the Navy facility INS Hansa in Vasco town, was closed down for a while, impacting movements of other flights and causing some flight diversions.The incident at Delhi’s IGI airport took place in the afternoon when an IndiGo flight had just arrived from Lucknow with 160 passengers and the Spicejet flight with 187 on board was about to take off for Hyderabad . The two aircraft came face-to-face and almost collided with each other, sources said. Officials from ATC, on condition of anonymity, blamed poor visibility for the situation. They said haze was particularly intense on Tuesday. 72 flights were delayed that day because of fog. However, officials from Delhi International Airport Limited — which manages the Delhi airport — rejected ATC’s charge and said the problem occurred because of miscommunication from ATC. IndiGo as well as SpiceJet confirmed that both planes saw each other coming from opposite directions but both airlines denied that there was any risk to the passengers.

Air safety incidents at Delhi and Goa: Is it ‘human’ factor or shortage of staff at ATC?

New Delhi: Two air safety incidents on a single day, at Delhi and Goa airports, have led many of us to once again question India’s air safety record. Remember, India was downgraded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States in 2014 for failing to have enough safety personnel, and a restoration of the rating took several months. Though it won’t be clear till a probe is completed on what lead to incidents this morning at Goa and Delhi, the fact is that manpower shortage in critical air functions could be a factor in frequent air incidents.

Take the critical ATC function – the Air Traffic Control (ATC) is still short staffed. Sources tell us the manpower needed is 3,600 personnel and only about 2,900 have been recruited till now. “These positions are being filled,”said an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official. A short staffed ATC apart, this story from Bloomberg quotes data from India’s safety regulator DGCA to say that air safety incidents, which prompted regulatory action, reached 280 this year till August, beating the 275 all of last year. It went on to predict that “At this pace, the number may rise to more than 400 by the end of 2016, making it the worst in three years for aviation safety”.

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India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets across the globe and any increase in safety-related incidents is obviously a cause for worry. DGCA officials say there is no cause for worry and incidents sometimes happen due to the “human” factor. They also add that the country is following all internationally mandated safety protocols.

Earlier this month, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party TMC had created a furore by alleging that an IndiGo flight carrying the CM was not allowed priority landing at Kolkata airport despite the pilots seeking emergency landing due to fuel shortage. This was stoutly denied by the airline, which said there was probably a miscommunication between the flight crew and the ATC about how much fuel the flight was left with. Instead of seeking an explanation from the ATC personnel, aviation regulator DGCA grounded IndiGo pilots in this case.

Meanwhile, early this morning, 9W 2374 Goa-Mumbai Jet Airways’ flight “veered off the runway while aligning for takeoff”, the airline tweeted. It later said 12 passengers had sustained injuries and still later, it said all but five have been discharged. This incident made Goa’s Dabolim airport inoperational for a few hours.

A regulatory source told Firstpost that the Goa incident is being treated as an accident and a team from Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will reach Goa by the evening to begin inquiries. This person also said a preliminary idea about what caused the aircraft to turn 180 degrees will be there only by Thursday.

Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapathi Raju tweeted that “thorough time-bound investigation and corrective action shall be ensured. Action will also be taken in case there is violation of procedures”. The second incident involved a just-landed IndiGo flight and a ready-to-take-off Spicejet aircraft, with some news reports describing the two aircraft coming “Face to face”.

The regulatory source quoted above said as per preliminary findings, the ATC at Delhi allowed the SpiceJet flight to take off from the same taxiway where an IndiGo aircraft had landed minutes earlier. This indicates the possibility of it being an ATC error, though like we said earlier, the final picture will emerge only after the probe by DGCA is completed.

The regulatory source further said it could be a case of human error too. SpiceJet said in a statement that “SpiceJet flight SG 123 operating Delhi-Hyderabad was following ATC instructions at all times at the Delhi airport. While taxiing, the SpiceJet crew observed another aircraft on the same taxiway in the opposite direction. Acting promptly, the SpiceJet crew immediately stopped the aircraft and intimated the ATC. Safety is of utmost and primary concern at SpiceJet. At no stage the safety of passengers, crew and aircraft was compromised. All concerned authorities were immediately informed.”

And IndiGO also said in a statement that flight 6E 769 Lucknow-Delhi observed another aircraft in front of it while taxiing. “The Captain took the decision to switch off the engine and reported the incident to ATC. All 176 passengers and crew are safe…..flight was observing ATC instructions all the time at the Delhi airport”. According to data provided by MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha in Lok Sabha earlier this month, there were 409 safety violations by the crew of scheduled, non-scheduled and general aviation aircraft in the last three years.

First Published On : Dec 27, 2016 16:59 IST

Mishap averted as Indigo, SpiceJet aircraft come face-to-face at IGI in Delhi

Mishap averted as Indigo, SpiceJet aircraft come face-to-face at IGI in Delhi

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New Delhi: A major mishap was averted in Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Tuesday after an Indigo and a SpiceJet aircraft came face-to-face on the runway.

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“An Indigo flight 6C-729 which was coming from Lucknow to Delhi with 176 passengers on board, post landing on the taxi way saw a SpiceJet aircraft in front of it,” Indigo spokesperson Ajay Jesra told IANS.

“The incident occurred on Tuesday morning and the matter has been reported to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),” Jesra said.

According to officials, the DGCA has ordered a probe into the incident.

First Published On : Dec 27, 2016 11:14 IST

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Mamata Banerjee flight scare | Pilots cried wolf about low fuel: govt probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has completed its probe in the Mamata Banerjee’s flight delay incident, concluding that pilots of three aircraft cried wolf about low fuel to seek an ‘early landing’ for showing good on-time performance (OTP) to their respective airlines.A row had erupted after the Trinamool Congress alleged that the IndiGo aircraft carrying its chief Banerjee was not accorded priority in landing despite fuel shortage. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had ordered an inquiry to find out how three flights–the IndiGo aircraft, an Air India flight and a SpiceJet aircraft could fly low on fuel into Kolkata at the same time. As a fallout of the incident, the entire cockpit crew of the three flights were taken off duty for a week in connection with the incident that took place on November 30. The air traffic controller, who handled these flights was also directed to undergo “corrective training”.Experts in aviation industry said that pilots of different airlines have been using “fuel shortage” as an excuse to get early landings for achieving good OTPs. Better OTPs result in more incentives and bonuses for flight crew as airlines reward for saving aircraft fuel, a senior official from the Civil Aviation ministry said, on condition of anonymity. A top official from aviation regulator DGCA, which had conducted the probe, justified the action of de-rostering of the pilots and said that their suspension would serve as deterrent for pilots who “cry wolf”. Talking about findings of the probe, the official from DGCA said that there was no shortage of fuel in any of these aircraft, adding that the aircraft had fuel not just to hover around Kolkata but also to fly to its diversionary airport, which in this case was Bhubaneshwar airport. Norms mandate an aircraft to carry enough fuel to enable hovering for 30-40 minutes at both the destined airport and the diversional airport as well as to carry it to the diversional airport.

Low fuel controversy: Six pilots taken off duty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two pilots of the IndiGo flight carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and four others from Air India and SpiceJet who had reported “low fuel” while hovering in Kolkata skies last week, have been taken off duty following a probe into the issue by aviation regulator DGCA.The regulator had ordered an inquiry to find out how three flights at the same time could fly low on fuel into Kolkata when the norms mandate them to carry enough fuel to enable hovering for 30-40 minutes as well as to carry it to the nearest diversion airport, which in this case was Bhubaneshwar.A row had erupted over the Indigo flight carrying Banerjee following Trinamool Congress’ allegations that the aircraft was not accorded priority in landing despite fuel shortage.A senior DGCA official said the six pilots have been taken off duty for “one week” while the air traffic controller, who handled these flights have been told to undergo “corrective training”.The official said the probe into the issue was still going on.Earlier in the day, an IndiGo spokesperson has said that two of its pilots who had operated its Delhi-Kolkata flight, which had the West Bengal Chief Minister onboard along with other passengers, have been taken off duty pending investigation.TMC vice-president Mukul Roy had alleged that a conspiracy was hatched to eliminate Banerjee and dashed off a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, demanding a thorough inquiry by his ministry to unearth the truth.IndiGo on its part had said that its flight carrying the Trinamool Congress supremo was delayed due to congestion over Kolkata before making a normal landing and had adequate fuel.In a statement, IndiGo had said the flight 6E 342 with 174 passengers on board made a “normal landing” at Kolkata airport and that its captain did not declare a fuel priority or an emergency, though there was some misunderstanding between the Air Traffic Controller and the pilot.TMC had raised the issue in both Houses of Parliament alleging that Banerjee s flight was made to hover over Kolkata airport for about half an hour despite the pilot reporting that the plane was low on fuel.The government had vehemently denied any design, saying just when West Bengal Chief Minister s Patna-Kolkata Indigo flight reported low on fuel, two other flights of Air India and SpiceJet also called in with the same problem.Banerjee’s flight hovered over Kolkata airport for only 13 minutes and it was ensured that the aircraft landed in a safe and orderly manner, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were informed.

IndiGo to contest diktat on pilots in Mamata incident: Did politics force DGCA’s hand?

New Delhi: Six pilots flying three separate aircrafts to Kolkata last Wednesday have become scapegoats in the controversy over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s flight and its delayed landing amid emergency procedures. From all available accounts, it is clear that her life was never under threat on that balmy November evening and these three aircraft were delayed at Kolkata due to normal congestion issues. No emergency was declared by the pilots of any of the three aircraft, none reported being low on fuel – so where is the question of a threat to the CM’s life? She was not alone, there were hundreds of other passengers too on board these aircraft, waiting for a safe landing just like her. It is obvious then that politics, not aviation safety procedures, has dictated the subsequent strict action by air safety regulator DGCA. The regulator has de-rostered six pilots – two each from IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India – for allegedly being low on fuel that day.

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Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal. AFP

A source said that a senior DGCA officer confessed to ‘immense political pressure’ before issuing the diktat about these pilots. Director General B S Bhullar was not available for comments for this story.

IndiGo has protested against strictures on its pilots by the DGCA. An airline spokesperson said, “the inquiry was conducted by the regulator supported by IndiGo safety department. Pilots operating flight 6E 342 have been kept off flying duties till investigations and discussions with DGCA are complete. As an airline we always comply with the DGCA guidelines. IndiGo captain had followed all SOPs as laid down by the regulator and at no stage did the captain declare a fuel priority or an emergency. There has been no violation or breach of any regulatory requirement in the above-mentioned matter. We are taking up the matter in greater detail with the DGCA.”

In fact, each of three airlines which have been asked by DGCA to de-roster pilots has stoutly denied the ‘low-on-fuel’ charge. Besides IndiGo, Air India also plans to contest the DGCA order further. An airline spokesperson declined to offer any comments for this story. But since they have been de-rostered, the pilots of all these flights will now have to undergo corrective training before they can resume duties. A SpiceJet spokesperson did not comment on whether her airline will appeal against the DGCA decision but confirmed that the flight was not low on fuel at any time.

Crying wolf is an old trick which Banerjee uses frequently. Her party’s paranoia over the delayed landing of her IndiGo flight came just around the time the CM also imagined that army deployment at some toll plazas in her state was a conspiracy against her.

The army later clarified that this was routine exercise, done after following laid down procedures which include informing local authorities. In the flight instance too, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs made several allegations about a threat to Banerjee’s life. “Is there more to this than meets the eye?” asked TMC’s Derek O’Brien. “There is a school of thought that this is a conspiracy,” he said in the Rajya Sabha.

On the evening of 30 November, IndiGo flight 6E 342 carrying the CM was made to hover at Kolkata airport for about an hour. Though the airline subsequently said that at no time did its pilots either seek priority landing or report low fuel, full emergency procedures were put in place by the ATC when the flight landed. IndiGo had then said that the ATC got it wrong – the pilots said they had enough fuel for diversion (to Bhubaneshwar, which is about 20 minutes away) and another eight minutes of fuel for hovering. They did not say there was any fuel shortage.

The IndiGO statement after the incident said: “The flight was kept on hold for landing due to air traffic congestion at Kolkata. The pilot operating 6E 342 had informed the ATC that he has eight minutes of extra holding fuel over Kolkata (destination) before commencing diversion to the planned alternate. However, this information was misunderstood by the ATC who assumed that the aircraft had only eight minutes of total fuel left. The misinterpretation of the information by the ATC led ATC to instruct fire engines and ambulances to be stationed at Kolkata airport. We would like to clarify – IndiGo captain at no stage declared a fuel priority or an emergency. Subsequently, the air plane made a normal landing at Kolkata airport at 8.40 pm, delayed by an hour due to congestion”.

An industry source said an Air India flight was ahead of the IndiGo aircraft in landing queue and the SpiceJet aircraft was third. But Air India’s AI 020 Delhi-Kolkata flight was asked to ‘go around’ at the airport and the ATC gave priority to the IndiGo aircraft carrying Banerjee to land.

First Published On : Dec 7, 2016 15:14 IST

Two near miss incidents involving GoAir, SpiceJet flights at Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two airprox incidents, where the aircraft are too close to each other while flying, involving GoAir and SpiceJet in less than three weeks have been reported at Goa, according to the government.The first incident happened on October 22 when a GoAir “wet-leased aircraft did not follow the instructions issued by the Goa ATC (Air Traffic Controller) for the approach”, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said on Thursday. In the second incident, that took place on November 10, the similarity in the call signs of the two flights led to the confusion between the crew and the ATC, he added. “Two airprox incidents have occured at Goa between aircraft belonging to GoAir and SpiceJet,” Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.Following the incidents, an audit of wet lease operation by GoAir has been ordered by aviation regulator DGCA. “GoAir has been directed not to operate wet lease aircraft to defence air field till all the foreign crew has been briefed about the operating procedures,” Sinha said.In wet lease arrangement, the lessor provides the aircraft, crew and maintenance, among others.The incident on October 22 involved a GoAir flight from Mumbai to Goa and SpiceJet flight from Goa to Shamshabad (Hyderabad). The latest one on November 10 was between GoAir’s Mumbai-Goa flight and SpiceJet’s Delhi-Goa flight.Generally, airprox or aircraft proximity refers to a situation where in the opinion of a pilot or Air Traffic Services personnel, the distance between the planes as well as their relative positions and speed have been such that the safety of the aircraft involved may have been compromised.

Mid-air mishap averted after SpiceJet aircraft comes close to Emirates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A mid-air mishap was averted due to an auto generated warning after a SpiceJet aircraft came in close proximity of an overflying Emirates plane in the Indian airspace.The incident which occurred on August 11, involving SpiceJet Hyderabad flight from Chennai (SG 511) and Emirates’ Dubai-bound Brisbane flight (EK 433), is currently being investigated by the aviation regulator, DGCA sources said.Earlier this month, a mid-air collision between two IndiGo planes, carrying over 225 passengers and crew, was averted over Dhaka airspace after the pilot of one of the flights steered away his aircraft to a safe distance when they came perilously close to each other.According to sources, SpiceJet flight SG 511 was cleared for 34,000 ft and advised to standby to climb further.”However, SG 511 climbed above the permitted level without clearance. It was then asked to maintain 35,000 ft but the aircraft overshot by a 1,000 ft, a level that EK 433 was maintaining,” they said.This forced the Emirates flight to climb further and increase separation, with both the aircraft receiving TCAS alert, sources said.TCAS monitors the airspace around an aircraft for other aircraft equipped with a corresponding active transponder, independent of air-traffic control, and warns pilots of the presence of other transponder-equipped aircraft which may present a threat of mid-air collision (MAC).”Emirates can confirm that flight EK433 Brisbane to Dubai on August 11, whilst in Indian airspace, received indications of proximity traffic. The flight crew correctly followed the on board system guidance to remain clear, following which they reported the occurrence to Air Traffic Control.”At no time were passengers in any danger. The safety of our passengers and crew as always is our top priority,” Emirates said in a statement.However, according to SpiceJet sources, the ATC instructed it to climb and maintain 36,000 ft due to traffic at 37,000 level but “while passing flight level 35,000, ATC instructed the pilot to stop climb. By that time the aircraft had climbed to 35,400 feet. Our flight descended back to 35,000, and during which SpiceJet aircraft got descend resolution advisory.”Sources at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said that the incident is being investigated and would soon be handed over to the Airprox Investigation Board (AIB).

Spicejet denies aircraft fire or tyre burst, calls it landing gear problem

New Delhi: The right landing gear of a SpiceJet aircraft carrying 75 passengers onboard from New Delhi got overheated, causing some smoke while it landed at the Amritsar airport on Thursday evening.

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However, all passengers were deplaned safely, SpiceJet said.

There was, however, no fire or tyre burst, the airline clarified.

SpiceJet flight SG 2515 from Delhi to Amritsar carrying 75 passengers landed at Amritsar on 06:15 PM.

Engineer on ground saw smoke coming out from the right landing gear after flight landed at Amritsar airport, SpiceJet said in a statement.

Taking precautionary measure, the engineer used fire extinguisher on over heated landing gear, it said adding there
was no tyre burst or any fire.

The SpiceJet statement:

NO INCIDENT OF FIRE OR TYRE BURST HAS TAKEN PLACE in SpiceJet flight 2515 from Delhi to Amritsar carrying 75 passenger which landed at Amritsar on 06:15 PM. Engineer on ground saw smoke coming out from the right landing gear. Taking a precautionary measure he used fire extinguisher on over heated landing gear. All passengers on board are safe.

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GoAir offers tickets starting Rs 849 in monsoon bonanza for travellers

It is raining discounts for air passengers this monsoon.

Low-cost carrier GoAir has launched a fire sale offering ticket starting at Rs 849 onwards (excluding taxes). The offer is valid for travel between 1 July to 30 September.

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The offer was launched on 29 June and will end on 2 July, the airline said in a press release.

The airline is offering 60 percent discount on pre-booking meals through all sales channels. Those booking through PayTM wallet will get an additional 10 percent cash back (up to Rs 500), the release said.

The offer can be availed through the company website or online travel portals, GoAir Call Centre, airport ticketing offices, through travel agents, and the GoAir app, the release said.

GoAir’s move comes soon after SpiceJet’s discount offer last week that gave away tickets starting Rs 444 for one-way (base fare). This offer was valid for travel from 1 July to 30 September too.

Maharashtra drought: SpiceJet to supply 71,500 litres water to 11 villages in Latur district

To commemorate its 11 years of operations, budget airline SpiceJet on Tuesday said it has partnered with an NGO to supply nearly 71,500 litres water to 11 villages in drought-hit Latur district under Marathwada region of Maharashtra every day.”At a time when the state is combating severe drought conditions, SpiceJet has stepped in to pledge help and relief to 11 villages in Latur, an initiative to commemorate its 11 years of flying,” the airline said in a statement issued here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The airline, along with voluntary organisation ‘AnybodyCanHelp’ will organise, coordinate and execute the supply of nearly 71,500 litres of water to 11 villages per day across Ausa taluka in Latur district.Under the initiative, water tankers assigned by SpiceJet will undertake the exercise for the whole of the month starting from May 23 till June 23.Maharashtra is facing severe drought this year.The state government had earlier this month declared drought in over 29,000 villages of the state, mostly in parched Marathwada and Vidarbha regions.As per officials, only one per cent water is left in dams in the Marathwada region.

SC directs Spicejet to pay Rs 10 lakh damages for offloading woman with cerebral palsy

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed budget airline Spicejet to pay Rs 10 lakh as damages to a flyer, suffering from cerebral palsy, who was forcibly offloaded in 2012, saying the manner in which she was deboarded depicts “total lack of sensitivity”.

The apex court noted that the disabled flier Jeeja Ghosh was not given “appropriate, fair and caring treatment” which she required with “due sensitivity” and the decision to de-board her was “uncalled for”.

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Spicejet airplanes. Representational image. AFP

“On our finding that SpiceJet acted in a callous manner, and in the process violated Rules, 1937 and Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR), 2008 guidelines resulting in mental and physical suffering experienced by Ghosh and also unreasonable discrimination against her, we award a sum of Rs 10,00,000 as damages to be payable to her,” a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and R K Agrawal said.

Ghosh was offloaded from a SpiceJet flight on 19 February, 2012 from Kolkata when she was going to attend a conference in Goa hosted by NGO ADAPT (Able Disable All People Together), the second petitioner in the case.

The apex court said the decision to offload Ghosh was taken by the airlines without any medical advise or consideration and her condition was not such which required any assistive devices or aids.

“Even if we assume that there was some blood or froth that was noticed to be oozing out from the sides of her mouth when she was seated in the aircraft (though vehemently denied by her), nobody even cared to interact with her and asked her the reason for the same.

“No doctor was summoned to examine her condition. Abruptly and without any justification, a decision was taken to de-board her without ascertaining as to whether her condition was such which prevented her from flying. This clearly amounts to violation of Rule 133-A of Rules, 1937 and the CAR, 2008 guidelines,” the bench said.

DGCA suspends sacked SpiceJet pilot’s licence for making airhostess sit in cockpit

Aviation regulator DGCA has suspended the licence of a sacked SpiceJet commander for allegedly allowing an airhostess sit in the cockpit during a Bangkok-Kolkata flight.Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Cricket Score, 26th T20, Indian Premier League 2016, April 30, 2016The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also placed under suspension the cabin crew member, who spent a “considerable time” with the Pilot-in-Command (PIC) in the cockpit, a senior DGCA official said on Saturday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SpiceJet has already terminated the services of the commander, who besides locking himself up with the airhostess in the cockpit had allegedly forced the co-pilot to sit out during the flight to Bangkok from Kolkata and back, after the flight’s chief airhostess filed a complaints in this regard with the airline.”We have suspended the flying licence of the pilot, pending investigation. We have also suspended the airhostess who was manning one of the right rear doors of the aircraft and sat with the commander in the cockpit for a good amount of time,” the official said.The orders in this regard have already been issued yesterday, the official added.The DGCA action against the commander restricts him from flying temporarily.As per air safety rules of the DGCA, no other person is allowed entry into the cockpit other than the DGCA officials or persons nominated by it.The services of the commander were terminated for violating DGCA safety norms after following due process, SpiceJet had said earlier.

Spicejet pilot makes airhostess sit in cockpit with him, asks co-pilot to go out; sacked

Budget carrier SpiceJet has terminated the services of a commander for allegedly making an airhostess sit in the cockpit with him and asking the co-pilot to sit out during one of its flights to Bangkok from Kolkata and back.The Pilot-in-Command has been sacked for violating aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) safety norms after following due process, SpiceJet said in statement.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per air safety rules of the DGCA, no other person is allowed entry into the cockpit other than the DGCA officials and the officials nominated by it.The sacked commander reportedly not only allowed the airhostess to occupy his seat but also used some “abusive” language against the cabin crew chief that led her to file an official complaint with SpiceJet.”With respect to the present case, we wish to inform you that we have internal complaint committee in place which is mandated by The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (prevention, prohibition and redressal) Act, 2013,” SpiceJet said in its statement.The airline initiated inquiry process as per the guidelines laid in the said Act, it said, adding the inquiry process has been concluded subsequently, the services of the pilot has been terminated.”The case has been informed to DGCA by our flight safety department and their inquiry is also on,” SpiceJet said.

SpiceJet sacks pilot for ‘misbehaving’ with air hostess

SpiceJet has sacked one of its pilots for allegedly asking an air hostess to sit with him in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 flight.The incident took place onboard Kolkata-Bangkok flight on February 28 when the pilot repeated his action on the return flight as well.According to reports, the pilot had also sent his co-pilot out of the cockpit, leaving the two alone in the cockpit for a long time.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Issuing a statement, Spicejet said, “The inquiry process (in this case) is on and the statement of all the concerned parties has been recorded. Subsequently, the alleged personnel had been sacked.”The SpiceJet General Manager (GM) also said that the case has been informed to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) by our Flight Safety department and their inquiry is also underway.

India seeks to be maritime, international trade power, says President Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said India is desirous of once again emerging as a major centre for international trade and become a maritime power as he inaugurated the country’s largest heritage conservation project here.The initiative called the Muziris heritage project is an ambitious plan comprising development and conservation of palaces, museums, a synagogue and a number of archaeological monuments in the state and is being implemented by the Kerala Tourism department with support of its central counterpart.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Being the largest conservation project in the country and first green project of Kerala government, Muziris heritage project has a lot to boast about, be it in the area of heritage, conservation or tourism,” he said.Mukherjee said he has been informed that the next phase of this project is the ‘Spice Route Initiative’ which will explore international connections and linkages that the Malabar coast had with many parts of the world.”The Spice Route Initiative is both important and timely with India seeking to once again emerge as a major centre of international trade and transport as well as a maritime power,” he said.The Spice Route initiative aims to link 41 countries in Asia and Europe with India.The President lauded Kerala’s “spirit of tolerance and catholicity of outlook”.”The Muziris heritage project celebrates this magnificent heritage of our land where people of different religions, castes and languages live in harmony.”This project reminds us that our history is one of assimilation, mutual respect and celebration of our differences, respecting each other’s beliefs and values,” Mukherjee said.He said India has always been one of the most cosmopolitan societies around the globe as it is “comfortable in dealing with diversity and welcoming of new ideas and cultures.””I hope this project will spread the message of Indian cosmopolitanism far and wide adding thereby to India’s soft power across the world,” the President said.

Atheist Karunanidhi under fire for TTD priests chanting Vedic hymns at his house

The DMK leader’s son MK Stalin also recently visited some temples in Tamil Nadu when he was on his Namukku Naame campaign. He was criticised for this move.

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