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Airlines reported over 24,700 technical snags in 2017: Government

Technical snag or defect means a condition existing in an aircraft or aircraft component arising from any cause other than damage

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Airlines reported over 24,700 technical snags last year, with alone accounting for 9,689 of them, according to official data.

of State for Civil told the Rajya Sabha today said that technical snags in airlines have gone up from 15,048 in 2014 to 21,500 in 2016.

A total of 24,791 "defects/ snags" were reported by airlines in 2017, according to the data provided by the as part of a written reply.

"Snags have increased due to increase in number of aircraft in the and increased number of flight sectors," he said.

Out of last year's total, planes had 9,689 snags, followed by which reported 4,903 snags and group at 4,563. reported 1,888 snags, (1,367), Vistara (1,225), (793), (340) and Zoom Air (23), the data showed.

had reported 6,535 snags in 737, 990 in 777 (B777), 831 in 330 (A330) and 1,333 in ATR.

In the case of SpiceJet, 2,910 snags were reported with respect to 737 and 1,993 related to Q400.

As per the data, reported 337 snags in A319, 482 in and 354 in A321 planes. The number was 48 in the case of B747-400, 226 in B777 and 497 in B787.

The carrier's budget arm reported 1,676 snags in while Alliance Air's ATR-72-600 faced 943 snags last year.

AirAsia, Vistara and flies planes while operates aircraft. Zoom Air has CRJ 200 planes, the data showed.

"Technical snag (defect) means a condition existing in an aircraft (including its systems) or aircraft component arising from any cause other than damage, which would preclude it or another aircraft component from performing their intended functions or would reduce the expected service life of the aircraft or the aircraft component," Sinha said.

The of Civil (DGCA) has regulations and procedures for monitoring snags encountered during aircraft operations. These include analysing engineering statistical reports and advising the aircraft operators to take corrective actions if there is any adverse trend and conducting spot checks.

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 19:56 IST