DGCA issues fresh directions to airlines

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New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued guidelines to all airlines on Wednesday following the skidding of the Kingfisher aircraft in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Keeping in view the inputs received from Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), the DGCA issued new directions to all airlines for strict compliance when using the runway. These directions are in addition to the existing directions of the DGCA.

According to the new set of guidelines pilot-1 should be a training captain and pilot-2 should have minimum 300 hours of experience on type.

New guidelines bar all assisted take-off and landing. The DGCA clearly said that no operation should take place when runway surface is wet.

The new guidelines made it mandatory for the pilots to file a de-briefing report after every flight.

The DGCA had also directed MIAL to carry out videography of operations on every Tuesday during runway operations. DGCA, FOI has also been stationed at Mumbai Airport during closure.

DGCA is undertaking a full review of safety assessment for short runway operations at MIAL.

On Tuesday, ATR 72-212A aircraft of Kingfisher Airlines operating a scheduled flight IT-4124 Bhavnagar-Mumbai sector, while landing at Mumbai skidded off the runway resulting in damage to aircraft. All passengers and crew were evacuated safely. Six passengers and one crewmember were released after first-aid.

The DGCA has ordered investigation into the incident and de-rostered all six pilots of three operators - Kingfisher, Go Air and NACIL who operated flights during wet runway conditions on Tuesday.

The DGCA has also issued show-cause notices to three operators for alleged violations of its directions regarding wet runway operations. (ANI)

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