Air India Safety Under Observation

Friday, August 23, 2013
By George Hatcher

Now that an Air India cabin crew told the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) of Air India safety violations and that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been tolerant and inactive regarding said violations, the ICAO may well take action. Problems were indicated, such as understaffing, inadequate rest areas for crew, lack of implementation of “Flight Duty Rules.”

The letter says:

“We have reported more than 5000 safety violations on long haul destination flights alone, over the past three years. However, as the DGCA has ignored them, we were left with no choice but approach the ICAO.”

A ten member International Civil Aviation Organization team will be in India from August 19 to 24 and a representative of USFAA (US Federal Aviation Administration) will arrive in the county on September 9 as part of an inspection of India’s air safety preparedness.

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