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DGCA slaps Rs 10 lakh fine on SpiceJet for training pilots on a faulty simulator

DGCA slaps Rs 10 lakh fine on SpiceJet for training pilots on a faulty simulator

DGCA slaps Rs 10 lakh fine on SpiceJet for training pilots on a faulty simulator
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By CNBC-TV18 May 30, 2022 11:17:01 PM IST (Updated)

The aviation regulator had last month barred 90 SpiceJet pilots from operating the Max aircraft after it found them being trained on a simulator that had its stick shaker on the co-pilot's side inoperative.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh fine on SpiceJet for training its Boeing 737 Max aircraft's pilots on a faulty simulator.

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The aviation regulator had last month barred 90 SpiceJet pilots from operating the Max aircraft after it found them being trained on a simulator that had its stick shaker on the co-pilot's side inoperative.
Stick shaker warns pilots whenever it detects that the plane has stalled mid-air. After barring the pilots, the regulator issued a show-cause notice to the airline in April.
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The response sent by the airline was not found satisfactory, they mentioned. "The training being imparted by the airline could have adversely affected flight safety and hence was nullified," one of the sources said.
Therefore, the DGCA has imposed a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on SpiceJet for using a faulty simulator to train their Max aircraft's pilots, the sources said. The airline did not respond to PTI's request for a statement on this matter.
The DGCA grounded Boeing 737 Max planes in India on March 13, 2019, three days after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max aircraft crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 people including four Indians. The ban on the planes was lifted in August last year after the DGCA was satisfied with US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing's necessary software rectifications in the aircraft.
Proper pilot training on the simulator was also among the conditions set by the DGCA for lifting the ban on the Max planes after a span of 27 months. SpiceJet is the only Indian airline that has the Max aircraft in its fleet.
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