BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
KOLKATA, 20 AUGUST 2022
The Indian aviation sector regulator, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended the license of the piolt- in- command of the Spicejet’s Mumbai to Andal flight which fell into air turbulence during descent at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Andal injuring 14 passengers including three cabin crews few months back.
After the incident, the union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has assured that tough actions will be taken and ensuring passenger safety will be the most important thing of his ministry.
The DGCA has ordered a probe and directed the Spicejet authority to take off both the pilot and copilot from the duty roster.
Even the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) of Andal Airport was grilled by DGCA.
After enquiry DGCA found that the captain had ignored the instructions of the co-pilot at that time. The co-pilot suggested avoiding the flight path between the cloud and skirting the Boeing B737 airbus, but the pilot continued and landed in the airport.
The overhead baggage fell on the head of the passengers and 11 of them were injured including three seriously. Most of them had suffered head, spine and neck injuries. On that flight about 195 passengers were travelling including cabin crews.
The incident occurred on 1 May this year. Since it was a serious incident, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) was probing the matter.