After 8 Incidents In 18 days, DGCA Issues Showcause Notice To SpiceJet

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New Delhi, 6th July 2022: The saga of incidents of mishaps in the flights of SpiceJet seems to have no stop. In the last 18 days, eight SpiceJet flights have seen some defect due to which many flights had to return from the middle of the journey or had to make an emergency landing at an airport.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also reprimanded SpiceJet by issuing a show-cause notice in view of the malfunctioning of the flights and expressing concern over the safety of the passengers.

The DGCA has issued a notice to SpiceJet stating that the airline has failed to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable air services under the Aircraft Rules, 1937. Further, an audit of SpiceJet by DGCA in September 2021 found that spare parts suppliers were not being paid on a regular basis, leading to a shortage of spare parts.

Meteorological radar not working

The DGCA has issued this notice after the weather radar on a SpiceJet-bound cargo flight to China on July 5 failed. The airline said that one of its cargo aircraft returned to Kolkata on Tuesday due to a non-functioning meteorological radar. It was only after takeoff that the pilot of the plane bound for the Chinese city of Chongqing came to know that its meteorological radar was not working.

Landing in Karachi after disturbance

This is the eighth case of a technical fault in SpiceJet’s aircraft in the last 18 days. A Delhi-Dubai flight of SpiceJet was diverted towards Karachi on Tuesday due to a failure in the fuel indicator. At the same time, its Kandla to Mumbai flight was landed on priority in the capital of Maharashtra after the windshield cracked in mid-air.

It is noteworthy that SpiceJet has been making losses for the last three years. SpiceJet, which provides cheap service, had a loss of Rs 316 crore, 934 crores, and 998 crores in 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 respectively.

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