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Air India saw 184 technical snags in last 1 year, IndiGo 98, SpiceJet 77: Centre

The DGCA has started a two-month-long special audit of airlines to address possible issues and has curtailed the operations of SpiceJet, among other measures, amid a spurt in instances of technical snags.  (HT_PRINT)Premium
The DGCA has started a two-month-long special audit of airlines to address possible issues and has curtailed the operations of SpiceJet, among other measures, amid a spurt in instances of technical snags.  (HT_PRINT)

Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet reported 184, 98 and 77 incidents due to technical snags during the one year period till June 30, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said on Monday

Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet reported 184, 98 and 77 incidents due to technical snags during the last one year till 30 June, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said on Monday.

Go First, Vistara and AirAsia India reported 50, 40 and 14 incidents due to technical snags in the aforementioned period, he said in his written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

While the government-run airline Alliance Air reported five incidents, Air India Express had 10 incidents in the one year period, he stated.

The Tata Group took control of Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express on January 27 after successfully winning the bid for the airline on October 8 last year.

Overall, a "total of 478 incidents of technical snags were reported in last one year between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022", Singh noted.

An aircraft may experience technical snags due to malfunctioning of components or equipment fitted on the aircraft, he said.

These technical snags are reported by the flight crew on receiving an aural or visual warning in the cockpit or when there is an indication of an inoperative or faulty system or while experiencing difficulty in handling or operating the aircraft, he noted.

The DGCA chief issued a statement regarding the back-to-back technical snags in aircrafts last month. He said an aircraft may “continue to be used for air operation subject to compliance to rules and regulations".

He further added, an aircraft is a complex machine and has many components that may continue to be used for air operations provided it is compliant with airworthiness requirements as laid down by the DGCA.

Currently, SpiceJet is operating not more than 50 per cent of its flights as per the orders of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The regulator had in July imposed the curb on the airline’s flights for a period of eight weeks as its planes were involved in at least eight incidents of technical malfunction in the June 19-July 5 period.

During the last two months, planes of other Indian carriers have also reported multiple incidents of technical malfunction.

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