Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet reported 184, 98 and 77 incidents due to technical snags during the one year till June 30, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said on Monday, August 8.
Go First, Vistara and AirAsia India reported 50, 40 and 14 incidents due to technical snags in the aforementioned period, he said in his written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
While the government-run airline Alliance Air reported five incidents, Air India Express had 10 incidents in the one year, he stated. The Tata Group took control of Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express on January 27 after successfully winning the bid for the airline on October 8, 2021.
Overall, a “total of 478 incidents of technical snags were reported in last one year between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022”, Singh noted. An aircraft may experience technical snags due to malfunctioning components or equipment fitted on the aircraft, he said.
These technical snags are reported by the flight crew on receiving an aural or visual warning in the cockpit or when there is an indication of an inoperative or faulty system or while experiencing difficulty in handling or operating the aircraft, he noted.
Currently, SpiceJet is operating not more than 50% of its flights as per the orders of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The regulator had in July imposed the curb on the airline’s flights for eight weeks as its planes were involved in at least eight incidents of technical malfunction in the June 19-July 5 periods.
The DGCA chief issued a statement regarding the back-to-back technical snags in aircraft last month. He said an aircraft may “continue to be used for air operation subject to compliance to rules and regulations”.
An aircraft is a complex machine and has many components that may continue to be used for air operations provided it is compliant with airworthiness requirements as laid down by the DGCA. During the last two months, planes of other Indian carriers have also reported multiple incidents of technical malfunction.