Trouble Mounts For Jet Airways: Aircraft Engineers Write To DGCA Alleging ‘Flight Safety Risk’

Trouble Mounts For Jet Airways: Aircraft Engineers Write To DGCA Alleging ‘Flight Safety Risk’Representative Image (Vijayananda Gupta/Hindustan Times via GettyImages)

The Jet Airways’ aircraft maintenance engineers’ union, amid the airline’s grounding of its aircraft and cancelling significant number of flights, wrote to the aviation regulator on Tuesday (19 March) that their three months of salary was overdue and flight safety of the company “is at risk”, reports The Hindu.

The report quoted Jet Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Welfare Association’s (JAMEWA) letter to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as saying, “It has been arduous for us to meet our financial requirements, result of which have adversely affected the psychological condition of Aircraft Engineers at work and therefore the safety of public transport airplanes being flown by Jet Airways across India and the world is at risk.”

“While the senior management is finding a resolution to be in business, we the Engineers who inspect, troubleshoot and certify the public transport airplanes for its airworthiness are in tremendous stress due to non-payment of salaries on time, since last 7 months. As of now, 3 month’s salary is overdue to us,” the letter said, as reported by The Hindu.

According to the report, the ailing airlines on Monday (18 March) said it has grounded four more planes, increasing the tally of the non-operational aircraft, due to non-payment of lease rentals, to 41.