DGCA Imposes Rs10 Lakh Fine on Air India for Not Reporting Two Incidents on Paris-New Delhi Flight
Moneylife Digital Team 24 January 2023
Aviation regulator DGCA (director general of civil aviation) imposed a financial penalty of Rs10 lakh on Air India for not reporting the incidents which occurred on AI-142 Paris-New Delhi flight on 6 December 2022.
Two incidents had occurred in the Air India flight. While one passenger, who was caught smoking in the lavatory, was drunk and not adhering to the crew instructions; another passenger allegedly relieved himself on a vacant seat and blanket of a fellow female passenger when she went to the lavatory.
Accordingly, DGCA issued a show-cause notice to the accountable manager of Air India on why enforcement action should not be taken against them for dereliction of their regulatory obligations. Air India submitted a reply to the show-cause notice on 23rd January and it was examined, said a senior DGCA official on Tuesday.
"Enforcement action in the form of Financial Penalty of Rs10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakh only) has been imposed on Air India for not reporting the incident to DGCA and delaying in referring the matter to its Internal Committee, which is a violation of applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements," said the official.
Following two incidents of passenger misconduct in the Air India Paris-New Delhi flight on 6 December 2022, the aviation regulator DGCA had asked the airline to maintain a database of all unruly passengers. It also asked the airline to refer the incident to the internal committee.
Earlier, in the Air India peeing incident which occurred on 26 November 2022 flight, the regulator on 20th January had imposed a fine of Rs30 lakh on Air India and suspended the licence of pilot-in-command for three months. Moreover, the regulator had also imposed a penalty of Rs3 lakh on director-in-flight services of Air India for failing to discharge her duties.
However, reacting to this action, All India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) said that the derostered Air India crew in connection with the Air India urination case be reinstated on flights. It also termed the action against pilot-in-command (PIC) an unusually harsh punishment.
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Thariyan Tharayil
2 months ago
AirIndia staff need to realize that they are not govt employees anymore. Come out of the hangover please :-). Gone are the days when they could do anything and hide behind a govt secretary.
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