DGCA suspends two senior executives of AirAsia India over security violations

New Delhi, August 11

Aviation regulator DGCA has suspended two senior executives of AirAsia India for a interval of three months over “safety violations”, stated a senior official on Tuesday.

When requested about it, the airline’s spokesperson stated, “AirAsia India acknowledges the receipt of the notice from DGCA last month and has complied with the directions of the regulator and appointed interim post holders in accordance with the regulator’s directions.”  

AirAsia India prioritises security above all and it continues to interact with the authorities and train the choice to attraction for redressal, the spokesperson added.

In June this 12 months, one in all AirAsia India’s former pilots — who runs a YouTube channel referred to as Flying Beast — alleged violations of security norms by the low-cost airline.

“We had issued a show-cause notice to two AirAsia India executives — Head of Operations Manish Uppal and Head of Flight Safety Mukesh Nema — in June only. It has been decided now to suspend them for a period of three months,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official stated.

Captain Gaurav Taneja, a well-liked Youtuber, tweeted on June 14 that he has been suspended by AirAsia India “for standing up for safe operations of an aircraft and its passengers”. On June 15, he posted an in depth video on YouTube titled “Reasons behind suspension from my pilot job”.

Taneja alleged within the video that the airline has requested its pilots to do 98 per cent of landings in “Flap 3” mode, which permits it to avoid wasting gas. He stated if a pilot doesn’t do 98 per cent of landings in “Flap 3” mode, the airline considers it a violation of its commonplace working process (SOP).

Flaps are a part of wings of an plane and they’re engaged to create drag throughout a touchdown or a take-off.

Taneja gave the instance of the Imphal airport, the place the aircraft descends extra steeply as in comparison with different airports when approaching for touchdown. He stated when an plane is coming down steeply, it must have a drag in order that it stays gradual, and in these circumstances, a pilot has to do a “Flap full” touchdown.

“In order to achieve targets, what would people do? They will do Flap 3 landings without giving consideration whether it is safe or unsafe. This directly impacts the passenger safety,” he had claimed in his YouTube video.

“If one thing occurs throughout a Flap three touchdown, then the query can be requested to the pilot if she or he cares extra about saving gas or 180 passengers” lives, Taneja had stated.

On June 15, the DGCA stated on Twitter that it had taken observe of the considerations raised by some stakeholders “against a particular airline and its approach to safety”.

“DGCA has already started an investigation into the issues flagged and shall take appropriate action based on the outcome of the said investigation,” it added.

Senior DGCA officers had confirmed on June 15 itself that AirAsia India was underneath investigation after Taneja’s allegations. PTI 

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