The DGCA fines Air India Rs 30 L

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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In connection with the Air India urinating case, the aviation regulator DGCA fined the airline Rs 30 lakh and suspended the pilot-in-license command’s for three months.Furthermore, the regulator slapped a Rs 3 lakh fine on Air India’s Director-in-Flight Services for failing to execute her duties on November 26, 2022.

The development in the case comes a day after the airline banned the suspected offender, Shankar Mishra, for four months based on an internal committee report.The incidence of passenger misbehaviour on the AI-102 aircraft from New York to New Delhi was brought to the attention of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on January 4, 2023, when a male passenger allegedly discharged himself on a female passenger, according to a senior DGCA official.

The DGCA sent show-cause notifications to Air India’s Accountable Manager, Director of In-Aircraft Services, and all pilots and cabin crew members on that flight, asking them to explain why enforcement action should not be taken against them for failing to meet their regulatory requirements. The individual went on to say that the written response from Air India and the staff involved were scrutinised.As a result, enforcement steps have been taken in the current case. “Air India has been fined Rs 30,00,000 for failing to comply with applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements. The licence of the aforementioned flight’s pilot-in-command has been suspended for three months for failing to fulfil his obligations in accordance with Rule 141 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 and related DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements. In addition, a financial penalty of Rs 3,000,000 has been imposed on Air India’s Director-in-Flight Services for failing to fulfil her duties in accordance with applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements “On Friday, the regulator stated.

Previously, on Thursday, an independent three-member Internal Committee chaired by a former District Judge decided that Shankar Mishra qualifies as a “unruly passenger” and is barred from flying for four months under the relevant provisions of the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).”

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