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Pilots on ‘mission-mode’ to slack supervision: probe agency exposes grave safety lapses at SpiceJet

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Pilots on ‘mission-mode’ to slack supervision: probe agency exposes grave safety lapses at SpiceJet

For an airline that is short on cash and has witnessed a downgrade in its credit rating, SpiceJet’s hasty fleet expansion spree is making aviation experts nervous. Investigations into the airline’s recent incidents sound a loud warning besides raising questions over the efficacy of DGCA’s safety audits.
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19 Aug 2020 9 Mins Read 0 comment
SpiceJet aircraft stands stranded off the tarmac after it overran the runway while landing during heavy rain. Getty Images
SpiceJet aircraft stands stranded off the tarmac after it overran the runway while landing during heavy rain.
A few weeks back, SpiceJet sought permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to add a two-engine wide-body passenger plane to its fleet as the budget airline was planning to debut long-haul charter flights services. Though the Gurugram-based airline had no prior experience in operating long-haul planes, its request was quickly granted by the aviation regulator.
there is no clarity on how its new or existing operations will pan out. And even as aviation experts warn that the price to pay for safety lapses would be too steep, SpiceJet continues its expansion spree. The DGCA official quoted above says, “We have just approved their flight for Rangoon.” ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)
A few weeks back, SpiceJet sought permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to add a two-engine wide-body passenger plane to its fleet as the budget airline was planning to debut long-haul charter flights services. Though the Gurugram-based airline had no prior experience in operating long-haul planes, its request was quickly granted by the aviation regulator. there is no clarity on how its new or existing operations will pan out. And even as aviation experts warn that the price to pay for safety lapses would be too steep, SpiceJet continues its expansion spree. The DGCA official quoted above says, “We have just approved their flight for Rangoon.” ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)

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