SpiceJet moves its chief of flight safety amid DGCA investigation

Anushree Varma, who faces action by the regulator for the Durgapur flight incident, has been made an officer on special duty to chairman Ajay Singh.

SpiceJet has moved its chief of flight safety, Anushree Varma, to chairman Ajay Singh’s office as an officer on special duty even as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation investigates an incident that happened on a Durgapur flight last month. 

The move, says an industry executive in the know, pre-empts a possible suspension of Varma by the industry regulator. 

On 2 May, a SpiceJet flight from Mumbai to Durgapur encountered severe turbulence, leaving 17 passengers injured, some of them seriously. The aircraft was then cleared to carry on with its next flight. DGCA, which constituted a multi-disciplinary team to investigate …


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