Air India Fined Rs 80 Lakh For Pilot Rest Violations, Irregularities Found In Duty Timings

Shubham Dubey
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Aviation regulator DGCA imposed a fine of Rs 80 lakh on Air India on Friday. The airline has been found guilty of violating rules such as not giving necessary rest to pilots before long-haul flights.

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DGCA conducted a spot audit of Air India in January. Random reports collected fleet-wise and analysis of evidence revealed that the airline was not following required regulations.

Flying With Older Pilots

The aviation regulator issued a statement saying, Our analysis of evidence and reports shows that in some cases, Air India has flown such flights in which both the pilots were above 60. This violates Sub Rule 2 of Rule 28 A of the Aircraft Rules, 1937. The airline did not provide adequate weekly rest to its pilots. They also did not get the necessary rest before and after ultra-long-range flights.

DGCA also found irregularities like excessive duty timings, overlapping duties, and wrong marking of training records.

Show Cause Notice Was Issued On March 1

DGCA issued a show cause notice to Air India on March 1 regarding violating these rules. Air India replied to the notice. But, the aviation regulator found Air India’s responses unsatisfactory and imposed a fine of Rs 80 lakh.

Air India Has Already Been Fined

DGCA had also imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Air India last month. A show cause notice was also issued. In fact, on February 12, an 80-year-old passenger coming from Air India did not get a wheelchair, due to which he died. DGCA held the airline responsible for this.

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