As many as 54 cases of violations of air safety norms by Air India and private airlines were reported this year till February, the government said today.
"There were 352 safety violations by Air India and private airlines in the year 2016 whereas the number of violations in the year 2017 was 269," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told the Lok Sabha.
In a written reply, he said the number of such cases was 54 this year till February.
To a query on whether there have been cases of involvement of airport personnel in foul play and smuggling in cargo at airports, Sinha replied in the affirmative.
Citing information from the Central Board of Excise and Customs (Anti-Smuggling Unit), he said a total of 13 cases of foul play and smuggling involving 31 officials were taken up in 2014-15.
In 2015-16, there were 15 such cases involving 21 officials and 9 cases involving 13 officials in 2016-17, he added.
"... action against those found to be guilty of involvement has been taken in accordance with the applicable rules in this regard," Sinha said in a separate written reply.
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