The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday suspended the licences of a Spicejet pilot and a charter pilot for violation of rules in two separate incidents.
A senior DGCA official confirmed that the aviation regulator has suspended the licence of the pilot-in-command (PIC) of the SpiceJet flight for six months after he disregarded a co-pilot’s warning to skirt the clouds and flew the plane into severe turbulence.
On May 1, a few passengers were injured when the Boeing B737 aircraft, which was flying the SG-945 route from Mumbai to Durgapur, met strong turbulence during the descent.
There were a total of 195 persons on board the aircraft including two pilots and four cabin crew members. The aircraft that took off from Mumbai at approximately 5.13 pm, encountered a severe turbulence and the vertical load factor varied from +2.64G and – 1.36G, at the time of descent. During this period the autopilot got disengaged for two minutes and the crew manually flew the aircraft, the DGCA had revealed in its statement.
In another instance, the DGCA suspended the licence of a pilot of a charter airplane in a false fuel emergency case for one month.
The pilot of a charter flight from Bokaro to Ranchi on October 19, 2021, falsely announced a low fuel emergency to receive priority landing because he wanted to avoid hovering period. Later, the investigation revealed that the plane had ample fuel.