Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has clarified that it has 650 pilots who have been trained on MAX aircraft and the DGCA decision to not allow 90 pilots to fly MAX aircraft won’t impact operations.
The airline is retraining them as per the DGCA order. The aviation regulator had imposed Rs 10 lakh penalty on the airline after it had used faulty simulators to train these pilots.
The carrier has enough trained pilots on hand to meet its needs. These 90 pilots will be re-trained based on the findings of the DGCA.
In a statement, DGCA Director General Arun Kumar said: “For the moment, we have barred these pilots from flying Max and they have to retrain successfully for flying Max.
“Also, we will take strict action against those found responsible for the lapse.”