Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which on Friday conducted a surprise check at Delhi airport on the safety standards of airlines, found glaring drawbacks in the procedures adopted by leading carriers.
The checks were conducted after DGCA started accepting anonymous complaints. Under the second series of checks, four flights were scrutinised where safety operations were found to be lax. In the first flight, DGCA officials found that the arrival checklist was not available to the ramp supervisor and that safety cones were placed incorrectly.
“The stepladder did not have anti-collision lights installed. The driver did not have a competency card and safety gloves that are used by loaders were completely torn,” said an official.
The next flight that was checked, officials found that no engineer or technician was available at the time of arrival, trollies were parked inside safety lines and that the drivers were not aware that anti-collision lights needed to be switched on during low visibility. TNN Read More