Air Safety

  • DGCA suspends 2 Jet pilots for sleeping, being inattentive while plane dropped 5,000 feet August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended the two pilots who were not attentive as a Jet Airways flight's altitude dropped last Friday. The Jet Airways aircraft flying from Mumbai to Brussels last Friday suddenly dropped 5,000 feet in the Ankara airspace over Turkey. Jet is also conducting...
  • Air India Dreamliners to get software upgrade starting December November 9, 2013

    New Delhi: National carrier Air India plans to upgrade the software in all its 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets from December, saying that the process will not lead to the planes being grounded for long. The 787 has suffered a series of glitches since it was introduced two years ago, including...
  • Air India Dreamliner windshield develops crack while landing in Melbourne November 4, 2013

    New Delhi: There was a major scare when an Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner flying from Delhi to Melbourne developed a crack in its windshield while landing at the Melbourne airport on Sunday. The AI-803 Delhi-Melbourne Dreamliner was carrying 73 passengers when the incident took place. Air India has sent a replacement...
  • SC expresses concern over air safety, refers PIL to Centre September 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over the air safety situation in the country and referred to a petition to Civil Aviation Ministry for considering suggestions made by a foundation on the issue. "We know that it is a serious matter but it has to be considered by...
  • Cabinet meets to replace DGCA with a new Civil Aviation regulator July 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet met on Thursday to consider a proposal to replace the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with a new regulator, that would have full operational and financial autonomy. The government sources said the Cabinet was considering to set up Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to take over certain...
  • San Francisco: Survivor could see runway through hole in tail July 8, 2013

    San Francisco: A man who walked out of the back of the jetliner that crashed in San Francisco says he saw the runway from a gaping hole in the back of the plane where the aircraft's kitchen used to be. Shi Da, a product manager at an Internet company, says...
  • Parents lose son in crash, set up flying school June 6, 2012

    Pune: Captain Anil Gadgil and his wife Kavita Gadgil have set up a flying school with India's first mobile flight simulator. They took up the task after losing their 27-year-old son Abhijit in a MIG-21 crash. But Abhijit's death didn't dampen the spirits of his heart-broken parents. Together they set...
  • Airbus A380 wing checks extended to entire fleet February 9, 2012

    Paris: European air safety officials extended checks for Airbus A380 wing cracks to the entire superjumbo fleet on Wednesday and said the widespread defects could pose a safety risk if left unremedied. The move to inspect all 68 A380s in service came as Qantas Airways grounded one of its planes for...
  • Ailing Kingfisher, AI may not be safe: DGCA January 5, 2012

    New Delhi: After trouble in the skies, there seems to be more worries for the embattled Indian carriers Kingfisher Airlines and Air India on the ground this time. A financial audit carried out by the the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has found that all carriers were in a...
  • DGCA issues new air safety guidelines to pilots May 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Fresh guidelines have been issued to pilots and air traffic controllers on ways to handle unexpected events like systems malfunction, communication trouble or weather-related problems, as was witnessed in the Faridabad aircrash that claimed 10 lives. Rules have also been framed to counter...
  • A real threat to air safety because of fake pilots? March 14, 2011

    On Talking Point, Rajdeep Sardesai asks, 'Is there a real threat to air safety because of fake pilots?' ...
  • Aviation regulator will get more power: Patel June 3, 2010

    New Delhi: The Government proposes to delegate more powers to the aviation regulator on air safety, based on the recommendations of a new panel set up a week after the Mangalore air crash May 22, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said Thursday. The panel, called the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council,...
  • Pilots' union threatens to sue Kerala MP April 10, 2008

    New Delhi: The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) on Thursday plans to sue Kerala MP P V Abdul Wahab for defamation and have him banned from flights for allegedly calling a pilot a “glorified pilot” and “endangering flying operations”. Wahab, a prominent businessman and Rajya Sabha MP, was forced to get...