SpiceJet Receives Notice Regarding Safety Vulnerabilities: Aviation Regulatory

Following a review of previous events, the watchdog issued a warning notice to SpiceJet on behalf of the aviation authority.

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In response to a review of recent occurrences by the watchdog that revealed “poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance activities,” India’s aviation authority has issued a warning notice to SpiceJet Ltd.

A study of multiple incidents involving SpiceJet aircraft since April 1 revealed, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), that “the aircraft either turned back to its originating station or continued landing to the destination with decreased safety margins.”

“The review transpires that poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions (as most of the incidents are related to either component failure or system related failure) has resulted in degradation of the safety margins,” the DGCA said in its letter.

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Before any action is done, the airline has three weeks to respond to the regulator’s warning notice.

The letter, dated July 5, was made public on Wednesday on Twitter by the Indian civil aviation ministry.

A request for response from SpiceJet was not immediately complied with.

The Indian budget airline’s stock dropped as much as 4.24 percent in morning trade to 36.51 rupees, its lowest level since March 2020.