DGCA begins security audit of all airways

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 20

Days after after the airplane crash in Kerala’s Kozhikode, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched a particular security audit of all home airways working in and from India, an official mentioned.

It will probably be an entire FOQA (Flight Operations Quality Assurance) audit, he added.

The FOQA is a strategy of acquiring and analysing every kind of knowledge from flights to enhance the protection, effectivity and efficacy of future flight operations, he mentioned.

“All Indian airlines will undergo the special safety audit that has begun. In the first phase, we are auditing SpiceJet and Air India,” the official mentioned, including that it was a course of that had been taken up after auditing all airports in India that obtained heavy rain in the course of the monsoon season.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages greater than 100 airports within the nation, together with the one in Kozhikode. However, main airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are managed by non-public corporations.

On August 7, a B737NG plane of Air India Express with 190 folks on board overshot the runway and crashed on the Kozhikode airport amid heavy rain, killing 18 individuals, together with the pilots.

The two main pilot unions of Air India on August 13 had sought a gathering with Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to debate issues associated to working circumstances and flight security.

“Our pilots are constantly facing the challenges of Covid-19, bad weather, ill-designed flight duty time limitations (FDTL), and several extensions and dispensations given by the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation),” the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) and Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) had written to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

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