DGCA fines Vistara Rs 10 lakh for violating landing norms

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh after a co-pilot landed an aircraft in Indore under the supervision of a captain who had not undergone simulator training to train a first officer. The regulator says this “serious violation (had endangered) lives of everyone on board.”

“Vistara has been fined for violation of takeoff and landing clearance given to first officers without conducting any training. Training is conducted for first officer to land aircraft in simulator before they can do it at the aircraft with passengers onboard. In the same way, a captain is also trained at simulator before he/she can give landing to the first officer,” said a senior DGCA official.

However, the regulator found that in an instance a Vistara “aircraft was being landed by first officer without the captain or the first officer trained at the simulator. A serious violation endangering lives of the passengers onboard. A penalty of Rs 10 lakh has been levied on the airline for the said lapse. It was detected during a landing in Indore,” the official added. Comments from Vistara have been sought and are awaited.