“Passenger safety is Paramount”: Jyotiraditya Scindia

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Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation for the Union, noted recent incidents of technical problems concerning SpiceJet aircraft and stated on Wednesday that passenger safety was of the utmost importance.
According to the Union Minister, every mistake that jeopardises passenger safety will be thoroughly investigated and addressed.

“Passenger safety is paramount. Even the smallest error hindering safety will be thoroughly investigated & course-corrected,” Scindia said while sharing a show-cause notice issued to SpiceJet by the aviation regulator.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA said SpiceJet has failed to “establish safe, efficient and reliable air services” under terms of Rule 134 and Schedule XI of the Aircraft Rules, 1937.

The examination of accidents revealed that insufficient internal safety oversight and maintenance efforts (because the majority of incidents were linked to component failure or system-related failure) had degraded safety margins.

The statement read, “Financial evaluation conducted by DGCA in September 2021 has also found that airline is running on cash and carry and suppliers/approved vendors are not being paid on a regular basis, resulting in scarcity of spares.” It went on to say that SpiceJet Ltd had failed to provide a dependable, efficient, and safe flying service.

The airline has been given three weeks by the DGCA to respond to the notice. In the past 18 days, the private airline has experienced eight recorded instances of problems. The last three years have seen losses for SpiceJet. In the years 2018–19, 2019–20, and 2020–21, it suffered net losses of 316 crores, 934 crores, and 998 crores, respectively.

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