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Jan 09, 2012 at 04:00pm IST

DGCA says all airlines violating safety norms

New Delhi: All major airlines in India are compromising on safety to cut costs, revealed aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in its audit report. The DGCA has put all the airlines on notice for safety.

The DGCA has also cautioned low-cost carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir for not maintaining crucial data needed for safe flights.

The DGCA report severely criticised JetLite for not possessing the software to monitor the Digital Flight Data Recorder or Blackbox.

While IndiGo, apparently, according to the report carried out engine modifications to allow its Aircraft Airbus 320 to fly long haul, the airline has also been criticised for not investigating incidents seriously and closing without the DGCA's approval.

The airlines have been asked to urgently take steps to rectify, as per the recommendation the DGCA audit.

In reply to the DGCS report, IndiGo, however, said it complied with the international guidelines.

In its statement, IndiGo said, "Engine removals were only in compliance with an FAA Airworthiness Directive to all users of the IAE V 2500 engine around the world. The deadline to comply with the directive is in 2013 and we have pro actively complied with it well before the deadline."

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