Air India Srinagar flight returns to Delhi due to technical fault; HC questions DGCA on air safety

WION Web Team Delhi, India Apr 29, 2018, 12.51 PM(IST)

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The exact cause of the technical issue is being ascertained

A Srinagar-bound Air India flight from Delhi returned shortly after taking off today morning due to a technical issue.    

The AI-825 flight was carrying 180 passengers and took at 10.15 AM. The Air India flight returned to Delhi Airport at 10.55 AM.

The exact cause of the technical issue is being ascertained, an Air India spokesperson shared.

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Meanwhile, The Delhi High Court has asked the national civil aviation regulator, DGCA. to communicate the latest situation regarding air safety. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has been asked by the Delhi High Court to share the latest with respect to the ongoing probe into recent aircraft accidents and recruitment of flight operations inspectors.

A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked for the details after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) claimed that it has been following all precautions to ensure flight safety in the country. The matter will be heard again on August 2.

The court's response came after hearing a PIL that alleged private airlines of violating and circumventing mandatory provisions for air safety issued by the DGCA.

Petitioner Alok Kumar's plea also slammed the aviation watchdog for having has no mechanism in place to effectively and thoroughly check the non-compliance and blatant violation of the provisions.

The DGCA has refused all the allegations stating that it has safety oversight and surveillance programmes for airworthiness management and aircraft maintenance. The court was told that all civil aviation planes in operation comply with the aircraft maintenance programme.

The aviation regulator communicated having no shortage of flight operation inspectors. However, Kumar's plea states 72 vacant flight operation inspector posts in the DGCA.

(With inputs from agencies)