Indian airlines see 478 technical breakdowns per year due to defects: Ministry of Civil Aviation


New Delhi: As air traffic returns to normal after the shutdown period, several technical problems have hindered the operations of Indian airlines over the past few months. The burning smell in the cockpit and the engine problem were a couple of these. Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, Indian airlines experienced 478 technical problems, data from the civil aviation ministry shows. SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir were the most affected by these problems, followed by Air India.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday that a faulty device or component can cause a technical problem in an aircraft that compromises the efficiency and safety of the flight. Flight crews often report these problems after receiving a visual or audible alert. He added that the aircraft’s inability to handle itself or operate efficiently could potentially be a contributing factor to these problems.

Despite the technical issues faced by airlines, Singh said only 27 safety-related issues were reported between the 2021 and 2022 financial years.

During the year, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conducted 497 spot tests, 169 night surveillance exercises and 177 surveillance exercises in various parts of the airlines. These measures were taken due to increasing technical problems faced by air carriers.

In response to the results of the surveillance program, the Civil Aviation Authority took 21 enforcement actions against airlines for violating various safety laws. These included revoking office holders, suspending business licenses and issuing warning letters. Recently, SpiceJet received a promotional notification.

The number of SpiceJet flights was restricted to 50% throughout the summer based on findings from inspections and spot checks. This came into effect on July 27. Regarding the safety issues raised by the authority, the airline had to respond to the notification.

According to an article published in The Indian Express last week, the DGCA has started implementing a plan that includes temporarily grounding certain types of aircraft to ensure that installations and faulty equipment are repaired.

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