DGCA issues show cause notice to SpiceJet, 8 malfunction incidents in 18 days

In the latest SpiceJet news, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India's aviation regulator has issued show cause notice to airline after eight malfunction incidents in last 18 days.

DGCA issues show cause notice to SpiceJet, 8 malfunction incidents in 18 days

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India's aviation regulator has issued show cause notice to SpiceJet after eight malfunction incidents in last 18 days. "SpiceJet has failed to establish safe, efficient and reliable air services under Aircraft Rules, 1937", DGCA said in a statement. "The review (of incidents) transpires that poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions (as most of the incidents are related to either component failure or system related failure) have resulted in degradation of the safety margins," the notice stated.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given SpiceJet three weeks to respond to the notice. Also, DGCA's audit of SpiceJet in September 2021 found component suppliers not being paid on regular basis leading to shortage of spares.

"Financial assessment carried out by DGCA in September 2021 has also revealed that the airline is operating on 'cash-and-carry' (model) and suppliers/ approved vendors are not being paid on a regular basis leading to shortage of spares and frequent invoking of MELs (minimum equipment lists)," it stated.

Commenting on the DGCA's show cause notice to SpiceJet, India's Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said "Passenger safety is paramount". "Even the smallest error hindering safety will be thoroughly investigated & course-corrected," he said in a tweet.

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