No cash, drugs, guns on flights with VIPs on poll campaign

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA, has directed pilots and crew of aircraft or helicopters flying VIPs for poll campaigning to ensure that no unauthorised cash, narcotics or arms are carried in the flight.

It has also directed business jet operators and pilots to ensure that the hired aircraft or helicopters are airworthy and adhere to all safety requirements.

The guidelines also include submission of passenger manifests to the aviation regulator a week in advance.

DGCA said that the operators may face penal action if their pilots do not adhere to safety guidelines while flying VIPs.

It includes suspension of operations, flying licence as well as the pilot’s licence.

A special cell has also been set up within DGCA to monitor the flights of the non-scheduled charter operators.

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