Kingfisher Airlines could have safety issues if the airline is allowed to continue functioning in its current state, according to a note written by the former director of India’s Civil Aviation body (DGCA).
Bharat Bhushan, the former director of the DGCA, writes in a note obtained by the Times of India:
“The (airline’s) financial condition continues to be precarious… In the course of its audit several engineering issues are emerging which have a direct bearing on safety… it is concluded that safety is likely to be compromised if the airline continues in its current functioning style.”
The DGCA denies that any such note exists, though it is reported that Bhushan “attached a copy of this purported note in his letter to the ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) seeking a probe if the paper had indeed gone missing.”
The note goes on to say:
“…a notice may be served on the airline… asking them to immediately arrange for payment of its employees and creditors… we may be constrained to suspend their operations if funds are not made available and liabilities reduced significantly within 15 days of the receipt of this notice.”