DGCA suspends Air India's Flight Safety Chief for a month, here's why

The move comes after the watchdog held raids on July 25 and 26

Air India

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended Air India's Flight Safety Chief for one month after an inspection in July found lapses in the airline’s accident prevention work.

On July 25 and 26, an inspection team from the aviation watchdog carried out the surveillance of Air India in the areas of internal audit, accident prevention work and availability of required technical manpower.

The surveillance found deficiencies in the accident prevention work carried out by the organisation and the availability of the requisite technical man power as required in the approved Flight Safety Manual and the relevant Civil Aviation Requirements, DGCA said in a release.

“Further, it was observed that some of the internal audit/spot checks claimed to be carried out by the airline were done in a perfunctory manner and not as per the regulatory requirements,” it stated

"The approval of Chief of Flight Safety of Air India has been suspended for a period of one month for the lapses established," it added.

-- with PTI inputs

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