478 incidents related to technical problems in aircraft in one year

New Delhi: A total of 478 technical incidents related to snags were reported on aircraft between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

“During operations, an aircraft may experience technical problems due to malfunction of components/equipment installed on the aircraft that require correction by airlines for continued safe, efficient and reliable air transport service. These technical problems are reported by the flight crew upon receipt of an audible or visual warning in the cockpit or an indication of an inoperative/faulty system or in the event of difficulty in operating the aircraft,” the Minister of Health said on Thursday. ‘Jyotiraditya Scindia Civil Aviation at Lok Sabha.

A total of 177 surveillances, 497 spot checks and 169 night surveillances were carried out by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) on the engineering and maintenance aspects of regular operators during the last year (1 July 2021 – June 30, 2022).

Based on violations found during surveillance, spot checks and night surveillance carried out in 2021-22, enforcement action was taken by the DGCA against the air operator’s responsible personnel in 21 cases of violations, which include in particular the suspension of the license, the withdrawal of the holder of the position (authorized personnel of the airlines involved in the maintenance of the aircraft), issuance of warning letters, etc.

The DGCA has established regulations under Civil Aviation Requirements (CARs) which require that the aircraft be maintained in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines and that all reported snags on the aircraft be corrected before the aircraft is decommissioned. released for theft. In addition, the RACs set out the requirements for the maintenance organization approval which requires the organization to have the necessary manpower, equipment and documentation depending on the type and fleet. to maintain. Under the system, air operators are required to ensure that aircraft are maintained in a continuing airworthy condition and that all defects are corrected, the minister said.

The DGCA has an established mechanism to carry out surveillance, spot checks, night surveillance, etc. airlines/organizations and personnel to ensure the safety of passengers and aircraft. Findings from surveillance, spot checks and night surveillance are reported to the airline for corrective action. Actions taken to correct observations are reviewed. The DGCA takes enforcement action in accordance with established procedures which may consist of warning, suspension, cancellation, including the imposition of a financial penalty on the staff involved/airline, the response said.

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