The aviation regulator is investigating AirAsia India after certainly one of its pilots, who runs a well-liked YouTube channel referred to as Flying Beast, alleged violations of protection norms by way of the cheap airliner, senior DGCA officers stated on Monday.
Gaurav Taneja tweeted on Sunday that he has been suspended by way of AirAsia India “for status up for secure operations of an plane and its passengers”. On Monday, he posted an in depth video on YouTube titled “Causes at the back of suspension from my pilot activity”.
Mr Taneja alleged the airline has requested its pilots to do 98 in line with cent of landings in “Flap 3” mode, which permits it to save lots of gas. He stated if a pilot does no longer do 98 in line with cent of landings in “Flap 3” mode, the airline considers it a contravention of its same old running process (SOP).
Flaps are a part of wings of an plane and they’re engaged to create a drag right through a touchdown or a take off.
Mr Taneja gave the instance of Imphal airport, the place the airplane descends extra steeply as in comparison to different airports when drawing near for touchdown. He stated when an plane is coming down steeply, it must have a drag in order that it stays sluggish, and in those cases a pilot has to do a “Flap complete” touchdown.
“With a purpose to reach goals, what would other folks do? They are going to do Flap Three landings with out giving attention if it is secure or unsafe. This without delay affects the passenger protection,” he stated in his YouTube video.
If one thing occurs right through a Flap Three touchdown, then the query could be requested to the pilot if she or he cares extra about saving gas or 180 passengers’ lives, Mr Taneja stated.
“DGCA has taken be aware of the troubles raised by way of some stakeholders in opposition to a specific airline and its method to protection. DGCA has already began an investigation into the problems flagged and shall take suitable motion in keeping with the end result of the stated investigation,” the Directorate Basic of Civil Aviation stated on Twitter.
Senior DGCA officers showed AirAsia India used to be below investigation after Mr Taneja’s allegations.
AirAsia India didn’t reply to the request for a observation by way of the PTI.
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