DGCA grounds Orbit Aviation’s aircraft
India's civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded an aircraft belonging to Orbit Aviation Private Limited after noticing "serious" safety violations.
The regulator is conducting a safety audit to ensure safety of flights during this election season. The aircraft with the registration VT-PSB is owned by Orbit Aviation, which is partially owned by Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal. Officials have said that the aircraft will only be allowed to fly after the operator meets all safety requirements.
DGCA officials indicated that they found during the inspection that the pilots as well as the cabin crew were not adequately trained in emergency procedures. They also found that the aircraft did not carry necessary documents required, which is a senior safety violation.
Orbit Aviation currently operates three aircraft, an eight-seater Cessna 525 that has now been grounded, an eight-seater Super King Air B200 and a Bell 429 helicopter.
The regulator had earlier grounded business jet owned by Reliance Commercial Dealers Limited and it was only allowed to fly on the next day after it fulfilled all safety procedures. The regulator wants to ensure that the aircrafts used during this election season meets all safety requirements.