New Delhi, July 16: Over 20 pilots from various airlines across the nation have been temporarily suspended by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the month of July for aircraft related accidents. Reports quoted officials saying that the number of suspensions may go up later in the month. According to reports, sources in the DGCA informed that the 20 pilots were taken off duty for violating norms and series of incidents. DGCA Issues 'Air Safety Circular' For Airlines For Monsoon Operations.
Reports inform that the 20 pilots have been barred from flying for a period ranging three to six months. According to a report by PTI, as many as five incidents of aircraft overshooting/ skidding off the runway had occurred in a short span of three days only in the month. “This month, we have seen a series of incidents one after another in quick succession, leading to the grounding of these pilots. We have already temporarily grounded more than 20 pilots of domestic airlines so far, pending investigation,” the official said.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, a DGCA official was quoted saying that a detailed investigation is still pending. “Prima facie, these pilots were found be to disobeying the civil aviation requirements,” the DGCA official added. Reports inform that seven incidents of problems related to take off and landings have been reported between June 30 and July 2. Reports inform that all the accidents involving aircraft are probed by the AAIB, which is the apex aircraft accident investigation body under the aviation ministry. Incidents which are not classified as “serious” are probed by the DGCA.