Air India Pilot’s License Canceled: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed a penalty of Rs 30 lakh on Air India for not taking prompt and effective action in the cockpit violation incident on a Dubai-Delhi flight on February 27. The pilot in command was suspended for three months, and the co-pilot was warned for failing to prevent the violation. The DGCA also directed Air India to take administrative action against all involved personnel and passengers and remove them from any management roles in the organization for a specified period.
According to a complaint filed by a cabin crew member, the pilot allowed a female friend to enter the cockpit, violating safety norms. The DGCA investigated the situation and determined that the pilot misused his power, violating the relevant DGCA and the 1937 Aircraft Rules. The DGCA also sent a show cause notice to Air India CEO Campbell Wilson and Chief of Flight Safety Henry Donohoe for failing to report the incident on time.
Rules & Regulations
The DGCA Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) and the Air India Operations manual allow only authorized personnel who have undergone a pre-flight BA test to enter the cockpit for inspection or flight safety purposes. The incident highlights the importance of complying with safety norms and regulations in the aviation sector.
Maintaining security requirements is essential in the airline sector due to the severe risks related to flying. It is crucial to have communication between airlines and regulatory authorities to avoid safety standard violations and ensure the crew and passengers’ continuous safety. The DGCA’s decision against Air India sends a strong message to other airlines and airline companies that safety comes first, and everyone should act quickly to prevent violations.