DGCA finds ‘serious lapses’ in RIL and JSPL planes

DGCA finds ‘serious lapses’ in RIL and JSPL planes

Indian civil aviation regulator found serious lapses in a private planes owned by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL).

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded a plane owned by RIL for flouting safety norms. During random checks yesterday, DGCA officials found the plane carrying expired safety equipment on board.

Moreover, the pilot was flying without a licence. The co-pilot too was not in possession of certain essential documents. The regulator suspended the pilot and grounded the RIL plane.

The regulator also found a number of major lapses in JSPL's Global Express BD 700 aircraft. The civil aviation regulator will decide on the course of action against JSPL plane on Monday.

A senior DGCA official said, "These are the routine points we check when we inspect aircraft . We have been conducting inspections all over the country."

Sources said the civil aviation regulator has become more proactive after the U. S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) downgraded Indian aviation sector from Category-I to Category-II.

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