Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mukesh Ambani's Falcon 9X Luxury Jet Grounded for Serious Lapses' in Safety Norms

Mukesh Ambani's Falcon 9X  Luxury Jet Grounded for Serious Lapses' in Safety Norms
US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded India's Aviation Safety Ranking 

Aircraft : Falcon 9X 
Call Sign : VT ISH

A Super Luxury business Jet of Reliance Industries Ltd Personally used by Mukesh Ambani, his family and the group's top management — was grounded following surprise checks on Saturday. 
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended the Aircraft's Commander after the checks as he did not have a Flying Licence with him at the time of checks. 

The regulatory team swooped down on Reliance's Falcon 9X — a high end luxury Jet — as it 
landed in Delhi from Mumbai. The family members were not flying and it had top 

officials. An exhaustive check revealed of 
VT-ISH revealed that the Jet's emergency 

equipment like fire extinguishers had expired. So was the personal breathing equipment — 
which drops down in event of fall in cabin pressure. 

"The cabin compartment containing escape rope (life line) was found jammed. It was found 
unavailable for escaping in case of emergency," said a senior official. There was also a 

discrepancy in the number of passengers as the actual flyers were 11 but the "load and 
trim sheet" — a mandatory document containing list of passengers on any flight — indicated 13. 

"The Commander of the flight was not carrying valid documents like Flying Licence with him. This is a serious lapse and he was suspended," said the official. 

Sources say the Falcon 9X grounded on Saturday is mainly used by Kokilaben Ambani, 

Mukesh and Anil's mother. Big brother Mukesh is seen more often in the uber luxurious Global Express. All these Aircraft are part of Reliance Commercial Dealer Ltd, which has a non schedule operator or charter permit. 

The DGCA team also inspected Jindal Steel and Power's ultra luxury Global Express BD-700 
(VT-JSB) in Delhi that was being prepared for a flight to Bangkok on Sunday. The DGCA 
found some discrepancies in the Flying Crew's records and has called for the Aircraft's 
records on Monday. It was, however, not grounded. 

The checks on private Jets follow DGCA Chief Prabhat Kumar forming special teams for 
Inspecting Aircraft of Indian companies after the US Federal Aviation Administration 
(FAA) downgraded India's Aviation Safety Ranking recently. The downgrade meant that 
Indian aircraft could be held up abroad indefinitely for checks as the FAA found DGCA 
did not have adequate oversight capability on Indian-registered planes to ensure safety. 

Last month, the top Management Team of a mega construction group flew to Paris in their 
Private Air Plane. This aircraft was checked in Paris and grounded after many flaws were 
detected. The team had to then return to India in a commercial flight. 

The DGCA formed special teams to check Indian Aircraft, especially Private or Charter 
Jets, and Desi Airlines too to avoid any Embarrassment abroad. Prabhat Kumar has asked 
his teams to check Indian Aircraft and also keep an eye on foreign Planes Flying into 
the country. 

Surprise checks will continue and will be intensified. Our aim is to be back in the top 
safety ranking at the earliest," said an official.

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