Aviation safety being compromised: DGCA

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New Delhi | Published: April 24, 2015 2:40:14 PM

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

DGCA aviation safetyThe 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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