Aviation regulator cracks whip on airlines after repeated incidents of technical malfunctions

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has mandated that all flights need to be released by certified staff having an AME Category B1/B2 license.

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Spot checks conducted by DGCA had revealed several technical flaws. (Photo: Representational)

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday tightened regulations for airlines after repeated incidents of technical malfunctions in aircraft.

The aviation regulator has now mandated that an aircraft at base and transit stations will be released by certified staffers having an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Category B1/B2 license with proper authorisation from their organisation.

All airlines have to comply with the new regulation by July 28. This comes after spot checks that revealed several technical flaws in flights.

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On Sunday, IndiGo’s Sharjah-Hyderabad flight was diverted to Karachi as a precautionary measure after pilots observed a defect in one of the engines.

On Saturday night, a Calicut-Dubai flight of the Air India Express was diverted to Muscat after a burning smell was observed in the cabin mid-air.

On July 6, the DGCA issued a show-cause notice to SpiceJet following at least nine incidents of technical malfunction in its aircraft since June 19. The DGCA is currently investigating all these incidents.

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