Aviation sector regulator DGCA has taken major action against Indigo Airlines. DGCA has imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Indigo Airlines due to the mishandling of the plane at the airport and frequent incidents of 'tail strike'. According to the information, DGCA took this action on the airline for some flaws in the documents related to operation, training and engineering process.
When the 'tail' of the plane starts touching the airstrip at the time of takeoff or landing, it is called 'tail strike'. Indigo's A321 class of aircraft had four incidents of 'tail strike' within six months this year. After this, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conducted a special audit of the airline in June.
The DGCA said in a press release on Friday, "During the audit, it reviewed the documents and process related to IndiGo's operations, training, engineering and FDM (flight data monitoring) program. According to the statement, deficiencies were noticed in the special audit. In this context, a show cause notice was issued to the airline.
According to the press release, “DGCA has imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Indigo Airline. It has been directed to amend its documents and procedures in line with DGCA regulations and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) guidelines.
In this context, a show cause notice was issued to the airline. The DGCA said the airline's reply was assessed at several levels and was not satisfactory.
Further, IndiGo replied to the show cause notice on July 19, indicating that there was no violation of the procedures laid down by the OEMs and approved in the regulatory manual. However, DGCA has imposed a financial penalty of Rs 30 lakh on 28 July 2023 after reviewing the show cause notice of Indigo.
The airline said in a statement, "IndiGo has been given one month to possibly appeal against the order. IndiGo is examining the DGCA order and will respond to the DGCA order in due course." Furthermore, Indigo said that it would like to assure its customers that the airline will not tolerate any security compromise.