In April this year, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) put up a presentation on safety standards for airline representatives that revealed some glaring lack of safety procedures by leading carriers, as reported by Economic Times.
The presentation, including pictures, were a compilation of about 50 safety issues detected by the aviation regulator during their surprise checks. The paper reviewed the presentation. “There were several instances of safety violation detected by our surveillance team. We asked them to ensure that these things be taken care of because little things make a difference,” a senior DGCA official was quoted, who did not wish to be identified.
The safety check of scheduled carriers found serious violations, including leakage of fuel all along the belly of the fuselage, hydraulic fuel leak in the wheel area, panels of emergency doors missing, repetitive overlooking of defects like gallery light not working
The audit of general aviation charters threw up some even more serious concerns: the flights were being operated with expired fire fighting bottle, breathing equipment and life jackets. The flights also did not have safety demo kit and emergency floor path lights were covered.