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DGCA imposes ₹30 lakh fine on Air India,suspends pilot’s licence

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Following the DGCA’s enforcement actions, Air India today stated that it respectfully acknowledges the gaps in reporting regarding the urination incident on a New York-Delhi flight last year and that appropriate steps are being taken to address the issues.

The incident, in which a passenger allegedly relieved himself on a female passenger, occurred on the AI-102 flight from New York to Delhi on November 26, last year, but was only brought to the attention of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on January 4.

 

The DGCA announced on Friday that it had imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Air India and suspended the pilot-in-license command’s in connection with the incident. A 3 lakh fine has also been levied against the airline’s Director of In-Flight Services. These enforcement actions were taken for a variety of violations.

“We have received and are studying the order issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation today. We respectfully acknowledge the gaps in our reporting and are taking appropriate steps to address them “In a statement, an Air India spokesperson said.

Also Read: Drunk man urinates on female co-passenger in Air India flight

According to the spokesperson, the airline is also raising awareness among our crews about policies regarding the handling of incidents involving unruly passengers. “Air India is committed to stand by the safety and well-being of our passengers”.

The DGCA issued show cause notices to Air India’s accountable manager, the director of in-flight services, and all of the flight’s pilots and cabin crew members, asking “…why enforcement action should not be taken against them for dereliction of their regulatory obligations.”

Based on Air India’s response to the DGCA, the aviation regulator imposed a financial penalty of Rs. 30 lakh for violating DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).

The DGCA also stated that it has suspended the pilot-in-license command’s for three months for failing to discharge his duties in accordance with Rule 141 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 and applicable DGCA CAR.

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