Spicejet bans 90 pilots from flying 737 MAX planes after DGCA fine



SpiceJet has banned 90 pilots from flying MAX planes, the company said in an ESB filing. It comes after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) fined SpiceJet Rs 10 lakh for training pilots of 737 Max jets on a faulty simulator.

“The training provided by SpiceJet could have adversely affected flight safety and has been cancelled,” the regulator previously said.

The defects were detected during a surveillance check by the DGCA at the Greater Noida facility of CAE Simulation Training Pvt Ltd (CSTPL).

Restricted pilots will undergo retraining. “These pilots undergo refresher training to the satisfaction of the DGCA. This restriction does not impact MAX aircraft operations and the company has adequately trained pilots available for its operations. Based on observation from the DGCA, these 90 pilots must undergo refresher training.” the company said in the BSE filing.

According to the filing, SpiceJet has 650 pilots trained on Boeing 737 Max aircraft, 90 of whom have been grounded until they receive further training.

This happened within eight months of the DGCA lifting the ban on Boeing 737 Max aircraft.


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This is the third case where the DGCA imposes a financial penalty on operators after the regulator obtained the power to impose a financial penalty in the event of a violation of the rules.

Last year, the regulator imposed a fine of Rs 75,000 on two flight training schools for improper maintenance of breath analyzer equipment.

In the second case, the DGCA fined IndiGo Rs 5 lakh for not allowing a boy with special needs to board a flight from Ranchi.

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