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DGCA Slaps Rs 10 Lakh Fine On Go First For Leaving Behind Passengers

Aviation regulator DGCA slapped a fine for an incident where 55 passengers were left behind in a coach at Bangalore airport

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Go First Airlines in connection to January 9 incident where its flight departed from Bangalore for Delhi, leaving behind 55 passengers at the airport.

Following the incident, the civil aviation watchdog issued a show cause notice to the Accountable Manager of M/s Go First, asking the carrier to explain why enforcement action should not be taken against them for dereliction of their regulatory obligations. Go First submitted a reply to the show cause notice on Wednesday and the same was examined by the DGCA.

"Perusal of reply of M/s Go First reveals that there was improper communication, coordination between terminal coordinator (TC), commercial staff and crew regarding boarding of passengers in the aircraft," DGCA said on Friday, in a statement after examining the reply to the show cause notice.

The airline was ordered to take enforcement action in the form of a financial penalty after the civil aviation regulator determined that the airline had not made adequate arrangements for "ground handling, preparation of load and trim sheet, flight dispatch, and passenger/cargo handling." (ANI)

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