Stringent actions have been taken against 63 SpiceJet pilots for putting passengers’ safety at risk by operating flights ahead of the maximum flying hours permitted by the safety regulator by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Jayant Sinha, Minister of State of Aviation during the Lok Sabha said that during surveillance and subsequent scrutiny of records it was revealed that 63 pilots of SpiceJet has operated flights above the flight duty period.
“Pilots who had exceeded flight duty period more than once have suspended for 15 days. Warnings have been given to pilots who had violating flying duty period once,”said Sinha.
The DGCA in its surveillance has found that maximum violations by the air company pilots were found in Amritsar-Dubai and Dubai-Kozhikode routes.
A flying-pilot who wished anonymity said, “Exhaustion has been a major reason for several airplane crashed across the globe. Due to tiredness pilots go off to sleep on duty which can be fatal.”
Stating an example the pilot added that Mangalore Air India Express crash which had claimed lives of 158 passengers was result of exhaustion.
He added that during investigation it was found that the pilot on duty was dozing during the flight.