CHENNAI: It seems that persons taking flights can now have the basic details about the aircraft in which they are to fly.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has started the practice of giving the details about the flight in its website from July 20. The credit goes to advocate M Purushothaman of Ayanavaram, who took up the matter with the Madras High Court through a PIL.
Even before the order was passed on the PIL on Thursday, the DGCA uploaded a sheet in its website under the title ‘Know the details of the aircraft before you fly’. The sheet gives particulars about the age of the aircraft and seating capacity.
On its part, the first Bench of Madras High Court on Thursday said that the courts were not experts to decide whether the petitioner’s request was feasible and desirable. It would be for the DGCA to consider the request, the Bench added.
According to the frequent flyer Purushothaman, near-misses and aborted landings due to engine and equipment failure during landing and take-off had become regular.
It was a serious matter that aircraft even 25 years old are allowed to fly in India, the petitioner contended and wanted removal of airplanes more than 15 years old and to inform the passengeers the details like the experience of the pilots.