The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will continue to carry out spot checks, night surveillance and inspection of planes for unusable seats, senior officials said. CNBC-TV18.
Aircraft maintenance issues came to the fore in May after a series of incidents were reported in which passengers complained of several flaws in the plane’s cabin, including handles broken seat covers, torn seat covers and flaws in the window panels, among others.
Following these incidents, the regulator had carried out a thorough inspection over a month-long period where the regulator found minor deficiencies in aircraft maintenance on nearly 250 domestic airline aircraft.
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Largely, the shortcomings were found in the former SpiceJet and Air India fleet, officials said, adding that the main areas of flaws were related to unusable seats, flaws in door panels and to incomplete maintenance records.
While airlines were able to respond immediately to the regulator’s intervention and address concerns raised, officials believe these spot checks focused solely on usable seats and aircraft maintenance must continue in the short term.
For a proactive approach, officials are also closely monitoring passenger complaints posted on social media platforms, and action is being taken immediately on concerns raised about the condition of the aircraft cabin.
The regulator also recently wrote to airlines that unusable seats not only cause inconvenience to travelers, but also create a serious safety concern.
“It should be noted that, in accordance with sub-rule (2) of Rule 53 of the Aeronautical Rule 1937, all materials, including aircraft seats, must conform to approved design specifications. installation of any part not meeting the intended design requirements degrades the airworthiness requirements,” the regulator had told the airlines.
The regulator had also advised airlines to only take bookings for usable seats that meet approved design specifications and warned that any non-compliance would be taken seriously.
First post: STI