India no longer a serious aviation safety risk

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 29, 2013 14:20 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has removed India from a list of countries with serious safety concerns (SSCs), a government official said Thursday.

The clean chit came after a three-member team of the global aviation regulator conducted a five-day audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) from August 19-23.

The audit team also validated the corrective action plan (CAP) prepared by the DGCA to adress the two specific SSCs raised by ICAO, including issues over DGCA's air operators certification process and absence of certifying modifications made to Indian aircraft abroad.

"ICAO yesterday (August 28) has conveyed its satisfaction over the CAP implementation which has successfully addressed and resolved both SSCs," Civil Aviation Secretary K.M. Srivastava told reporters here.

The DGCA will be audited next by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from September 9-13.

It is expected that ICAO's clean chit will help FAA's audit favourbaly.

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