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Aviation regulator issues notice to SpiceJet over safety breaches


Indian aviation watchdog arrests SpiceJet over safety breaches

NEW DELHI:

India’s aviation regulator has issued a warning to SpiceJet Ltd after a review of recent incidents by the watchdog showed “poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions”.

The Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) said a review of several incidents involving SpiceJet planes since April 1 showed that “the plane either turned back to its home station or continued its landing towards the destination with degraded safety margins”.

“The review shows that poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions (as most incidents are related to component failure or system-related failure) have led to degraded safety margins” , the DGCA said in its letter.

The airline was given three weeks to respond to the regulator’s warning before any action was taken.

The July 5 letter was made public by India’s Civil Aviation Ministry on Twitter on Wednesday.

SpiceJet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Shares of the Indian budget carrier fell 4.24% to 36.51 rupees in morning trading – their lowest since March 2020.

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