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Death of female passenger in plane case: DGCA issues show cause notice to Air India

New Delhi, 16 February (HS). After the death of a female passenger who came from New York to Mumbai on an Air India flight, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a show cause notice to Air India. After issuing the notice on Friday, DGCA has asked Air India to file its reply within seven days.

According to an Air India spokesperson, on February 12, a passenger flying from New York to Mumbai, whose wife was in a wheelchair, had requested for a wheel chair. Due to heavy demand we requested the passenger to wait until wheelchair assistance was available but he chose to walk with his spouse. Due to illness, on the advice of the doctor treating the passenger at the airport, the passenger was immediately taken to the hospital where he was declared dead.

In a statement issued on Friday, DGCA spokesperson said that DGCA has sought clarification from Air India regarding non-compliance of provisions and violation of Aircraft Rules 1937. An advisory has also been issued to all airlines to ensure that adequate number of wheelchairs are available for passengers who require assistance while boarding or deboarding the aircraft during the journey.