Parachutes spotted over Mumbai airport; DGCA to probe into it

DGCA latest newsThe civil aviation ministry has asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to inquire into the incident of five parachutes flying into the Mumbai airport airspace on Saturday evening. “We have been asked to inquire into the issue. We are awaiting details on the issue,” a DGCA official told ET.

The Mumbai airport police is also investigating the matter. “We have deployed several teams in adjoining localities to investigate where the parachutes were flown from,” said senior inspector Rajendra Nagbhirey. No report has been lodged yet, though, he said.

“Stray parachutes have been spotted earlier that were flown from Juhu beach. But we haven’t seen anything like these and definitely not five of them,” he said. The police officer said no radioactive signals were intercepted from the parachutes.

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DGCA issues notice to Jet Airways after pilots found flying without clearing test

DGCANEW DELHI: As global attention focuses on pilot fitness, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has detected a fresh list of pilots in Jet AirwaysBSE 0.14 % who had flown without clearing the mandatory pilots’ proficiency check or PPC, a finding that the airline rejected, stating that it is fully compliant with the norms.

Jet Airways said that the airline has replied to the DGCA on the matter and that all its pilots “are now compliant with the current PPC cycles.”

This is the second time in six months that the aviation regulator has found Jet pilots flying without clearing the mandatory test. The DGCA had identified over 131 such pilots in September and found 12 more last month. It had issued show cause notices to the Jet Airways pilots in September for flying without clearing the mandatory bi-annual exam.

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DGCA to keep eye on air fares

dgcaNEW DELHI: Aviation regulator DGCA has decided to keep an eye on air fares to check any “exorbitant” and “predatory” pricing by the domestic carriers.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked the airlines to provide the quantum (percentage) of the tickets sold by them at different pricing levels (highest and lowest fares buckets) for each sector over the next few months, sources close to the developments said.

The data collected would be anlaysed for any “noticeable” trend and consequent action, they said.

“Airlines have been told by the DGCA to furnish the data (on the highest and lowest fare buckets) in each sector. We will see (monitor) the data for 2-3 months and then we what best can be done,” a source said.

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