SpiceJet Served Show-Cause Notice Over Safety-Related Malfunctions

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New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to SpiceJet amid malfunction incidents by the aircraft.

Stating that the airline has failed to establish safe, efficient and reliable air services, the DGCA has asked SpiceJet to explain why action should not be taken against them and has asked for a reply within three weeks.

“The review (of incidents) transpires that poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions (as most of the incidents are related to either component failure or system-related failure) have resulted in degradation of the safety margins,” the notice stated.

It said that DGCA’s audit of SpiceJet carried out in September 2021 found that component suppliers were not being paid on a regular basis. This, in turn, has led to a shortage of spares and frequent invoking of minimum equipment lists (MELs), a list that provides for the operation of aircraft subject to specific conditions.

It further mentioned that all incidents vis-à-vis SpiceJet that took place from April 1 till date shall be reviewed. The notice read, “In case no reply is received within the stipulated period, the matter will be proceeded ex-parte.”

Meanwhile, sharing the notice on his official Twitter account, Union minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia said passenger safety is paramount.

“Even the smallest error hindering safety will be thoroughly investigated & course-corrected”, he added.

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