1. Aviation safety being compromised: DGCA

Aviation safety being compromised: DGCA

Flagging concerns over violation of safety norms, aviation regulator DGCA today said it has come across instances where safety aspects...

By: | New Delhi | Published: April 24, 2015 2:40 PM
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The remarks by the DGCA head assume significance against the backdrop of rising concerns over safety issues, especially after the recent German Wings plane crash. (Reuters)

Flagging concerns over violation of safety norms, aviation regulator DGCA today said it has come across instances where safety aspects were compromised.

The remarks by the DGCA head assume significance against the backdrop of rising concerns over safety issues, especially after the recent German Wings plane crash.

“There are a few incidents that are taking place (in domestic aviation sector) mainly because we have been compromising on some of the safety aspects,” Director General of Civil Aviation M Sathiyavathy said here

She emphasised on the need for cooperation by all stakeholders to ensure safety and security of the sector.

“After the Mangalore accident, we did not have any major incidents but that does not mean that we should be complacent (about safety),” she said.

An Air India Express plane from Dubai with 160 passengers and six crew members onboard had crashed while landing at Mangalore airport in May 2010, leaving 158 passengers dead.

She said that DGCA alone cannot ensure safety of the aviation sector and stressed that all stakeholders, including airlines and airport operators, need to cooperate.

This would help ensure that “our oversight does not become an interference,” she said.

Expressing satisfaction over the restoration of India’s aviation safety upgrade by the US watchdog, FAA, Sathiyavathy said the challenge now is to sustain the top rating.

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    s subramanyan
    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:44 am
    If DGCA feels that aviation safety is being compromised, he should first look at his minister who last night waxed eloquent in the TV channels with his matchbox and ash tray adding insult to the injury. At any rate, people cannot stand such a civil aviation minister anymore when especially smoking is banned on all flights in India. Rules are meant to be obe and ministers are no exception. Will the PM, therefore, sack the civil aviation minister Raju from his post, sooner the better. Otherwise, he will be a millstone around the neck of the BJP government. s subramanyan
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    s subramanyan
    Apr 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm
    The concern of the director general of civil aviation on aviation safety is understandable, But he needs to first check with his own minister who shockingly the other day said that he was carrying a matchbox with him and queried what is the danger in it. With such ignorance, is he fit to lead the aviation ministry. A carelessly lit match would engulf the plane. Further smoking is banned in our planes. So why should our aviation minister carry a matchbox even if he is a constant smoker? Either he has to fall in line with the rules or quits the post. It will be better if he is eased out from the ministry in the next reshuffle so that aviation ministry takes care of safety needs of the airlines fully and satisfactorily. s subramanyan
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