DGCA slaps Vistara with 10 lakh fine for letting 'improperly trained' pilot land aircraft

The airline has been fined for letting an improperly trained pilot land a flight at Madhya Pradesh's Indore airport with passengers on board

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, June 02, 2022, 12:18 PM IST
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A Vistara Boeing 787-9 taking off | Wikimedia Commons

Civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Air Vistara for violating safety regulations.

The airline has been fined for letting an improperly trained pilot land a flight at Madhya Pradesh's Indore airport with passengers on board.

The pilot, who was the first officer on the flight, landed the aircraft at the Indore airport recently without first getting the requisite training in a simulator, they said. "This was a serious violation endangering lives of the passengers on board," an official said.

A first officer has to be first trained to land an aircraft in a simulator before he or she can land a plane with passengers on board. A captain is also trained at a simulator before he or she can allow the first officer to land the aircraft.

Neither the captain nor the first officer of the Indore flight trained in a simulator, but the first officer was still allowed to conduct the landing at the airport, officials said.

Vistara, is an Indian full-service airline, based in Gurgaon, with its hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The carrier, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, commenced operations on 9 January 2015 with its inaugural flight between Delhi and Mumbai.

The airline had carried more than two million passengers by June 2016 and as of May 2019, has a 4.7% share of the domestic carrier market, making it the 6th largest domestic airline.

It operates a fleet of 51 aircraft at present, and has another 26 orders in the pipeline. Aircraft it operates are the Airbus A320 series, as well as Boeing's 737 and 787 series.

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