Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Reacts To SpiceJet Flight Turbulence DGCA Starts Probe Unfortunate Incident


New Delhi: The Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia has reacted to the severe turbulence incident on SpiceJet’s Mumbai-Durgapur flight on Monday.

On Sunday, a SpiceJet flight from Mumbai to Durgapur in West Bengal was hit by a storm, injuring a total of 15 people 12 passengers and three cabin crew members in this flight due to severe turbulence, said officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Meanwhile, DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) has constituted a team to investigate the matter. 

DGCA chief Arun Kumar told PTI, “We have deputed a multidisciplinary team to carry out regulatory investigation (into this incident).”

“At present, the DGCA team has reached Kolkata airport to inspect the aircraft & is ready to meet the injured passengers for their statements,” said a DGCA official.

“After that, a statement will be sought from SpiceJet crew members. If the investigation finds any lapses in safety issues, the regulator will take strict action,” the official added.

“The turbulence encountered by a flight while landing in Durgapur, and the damage caused to the passengers is unfortunate. The @DGCAIndia has deputed a team to investigate the incident. The matter is being dealt with utmost seriousness & deftness,” said Scindia in his Tweet.

He followed this with another tweet, where he wrote, “More details on the cause(s) will be shared once the investigation is completed.”

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On Monday, a SpiceJet spokesperson said, “Eleven passengers travelling on SpiceJet flight SG-945 from Mumbai to Durgapur on May 1, which encountered severe turbulence during descent which unfortunately resulted in injuries to a few passengers, were hospitalised.” Eight of those hospitalised have been discharged so far, the spokesperson said.

“The seat belt sign was on when the aircraft encountered turbulence. Multiple announcements were made by the pilots and the crew instructed passengers to remain seated and keep their seat belt fastened,” the spokesperson mentioned.

On reaching Durgapur, the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital, where their condition is said to be stable.

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