NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conducted 53 spot checks on 48 aircraft of SpiceJet between July 9 and 13 and it did not find any major safety violations, Union minister of state for aviation V K Singh said on Monday.
“However, as a safety measure, the DGCA ordered SpiceJet to use certain identified aircraft (10) for operations only after confirming to the regulator that all reported defects/malfunctions are rectified,” Singh said in his written reply in Rajya Sabha.
A SpiceJet official said all the 10 planes are flying now. The regulator started conducting surprise checks on SpiceJet aircraft three days after it had issued a showcause notice to the airline following a spate of incidents and for failing “to establish safe, efficient and reliable air services.” The checks carried on till July 13. “A total of 53 spot checks were carried out on 48 aircraft which did not find any major significant finding or safety violation,” Singh said.
The DGCA showcause notice was issued on July 5 and the cash-strapped airlines has to explain by Tuesday (July 26) why action should not be taken against it. A decision on that is likely this week. SpiceJet had seen a spurt in incidents in recent months which started declining after the airline came under the regulator’s glare.