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AirIndia operations head taken off flying duties; here’s why

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The Executive Director-Operations at Air India has been de rostered by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)  for allegedly skipping the pre-flight medical test on January 19.

The airline has also ordered an enquiry in the matter. A 4-member committee will probe the alleged violations charge against the pilot.

According to the report by DGCA, earlier it was revealed that there have been 422 violations in 2016 compared to 275 violations in the year 2015. There has been a 50 percent jump in the number of air safety violations in the past one year.

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The report also says that, as per the data till October 2016, a report submitted to the Rajya Sabha in November 2016 has revealed that in 2016, there were as many as 272 suspensions of crew members, including pilots, for violating air safety norms. In 203 cases, pilots failed the mandatory alcohol test.

Bureau of Civil Aviation Security on February 5 suspended the training centres’ license of Indigo airline allegedly due to inappropriate test procedures were being followed at the training centre for cabin crew. Lately, airlines have been accused of violating safety and security norms.

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