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The government announced on Monday that domestic airlines experienced 338 technical issues while flying this year through July. IndiGo had the most problems with 206, followed by Air India (49), Go Air (22), SpiceJet (21) and Akasa Air (18).
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen. (Retd) VK Singh stated that technical snags in an aircraft may be caused by malfunctioning components/equipment installed on the aircraft and require rectification action by the airlines before the aircraft is released for operation.
Indigo Technical Issues
IndiGo (206) has the most number of technical issues in 2023 until July. Furthermore, laws compel the operator to notify the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of such events. These incidents could be the consequence of equipment failure, weather, or other factors. Some occurrences, such as an air turnback, an aborted takeoff, or a go-around, are measures performed by the pilot with the safety of operations in mind and are normally taken to avoid a serious incident/accident, according to the ministry.
Domestic airlines recorded 446 such occurrences in 2022, with IndiGo accounting for 215 of them, followed by SpiceJet (143) and Vistara (97).
Informing the House of the Government’s remedial efforts to check technical problems, the minister added that, according to regulatory regulations, operators must report any incidents experienced during aircraft operation to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The operator is responsible for taking action in the event of a technical malfunction. The DGCA has a mechanism in place to perform regular surveillance, including spot checks and night surveillance, to ensure that operators/organizations continue to meet regulatory requirements. If there is a surge in occurrences indicating the potential of non-compliance with protocols, the DGCA may launch a special auditing effort, he said.