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Aviation regulator of India, DGCA has suspended two senior executives of AirAsia India last month for a period of three months over “safety violations”
On 15 June this year, a former AirAsia Pilot Taneja posted a video on Youtube channel “Flying beast” titled “Reasons behind suspension from my pilot job”, alleged violations of safety norms by the AirAsia.
In the video, Taneja alleged that the airline has asked its pilots to do 98 per cent of landings in “Flap 3” mode, which allows it to save fuel. He said if a pilot does not do 98 per cent of landings in “Flap 3” mode, the airline considers it a violation of its standard operating procedure (SOP).
Taneja gave the example of the Imphal airport, where the plane descends steeply as compared to other airports when approaching for landing. When executing steep landing, pilots use “Full Flap” to increase Drag.
But “in order to achieve targets, what would people do? They will do Flap 3 landings without giving consideration whether it is safe or unsafe. This directly impacts the passenger safety,” he had claimed in his YouTube video.
Based on his Video report, the DGCA said “We had issued a show cause notice to two AirAsia India executives — Head of Operations Manish Uppal and Head of Flight Safety Mukesh Nema — in June only. It has been decided now (August) to suspend them for a period of three months,”
“DGCA has already started an investigation into the issues flagged and shall take appropriate action based on the outcome of the said investigation,” it added.