Aviation

ICPA says passengers put at risk by old Air India planes

DELHI

The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) has warned that passenger may be at risk owing to the Air India flying decades old planes in a letter to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). It said some of the Airbus A320 aircraft were over 25 years old.

“The … A320 aircraft which are [some] of the oldest in the world are being operated with repetitive snags endangering flight safety,” asserted ICPA in the document. “DGCA should not permit Air India to operate these lethal snag-prone … aircraft in lieu of passenger safety,” it added.

ICPA also raised concerns over pilot hours at Air India. It requested the DCGA to clarify the minimum time before scheduled departure that a pilot must report for flying at airports. ICPA said such  “stressful working conditions and plight of our pilots, cabin crew, engineers and all other employees.”

Musafir Namah Bureau

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