GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION

TECHNICAL CENTRE, OPP. SAFDARJUND AIRPORT

NEW DELHI

 

File No. AV.15011/2/95-AS

AIR SAFETY CIRCULAR NO. 5 OF 1997

Subject : Overloading of Aircraft.

In accordance with the Civil Aviation Requirement section 2 Series F Part XXII and Air Safety Circular 5 of 1993, it has been inter-alia stressed that airlines/operators should ensure that the weight of the aircraft at the time of the take-off does not exceed the Regulated Take-off Weight. Inspite of above instructions, it has come to the notice that aircraft of some airlines are loaded beyond the permissible limits which is a cause of great concern for aviation safety. It has also been observed that in some cases, the load and trim sheets of concerned flights are fudged deliberately to show as if the aircraft is loaded within the permissible weight limits. Further, a court of Inquiry while investigating an accident had also concluded that the involved aircraft has overloaded, even though in that particular instance the accident was not attributed to overloading.

The dangers of overloading aircraft are well known. Notwithstanding the high safety margins of modern aircraft during normal operations, overloading of aircraft can compromise safety in case of partial power loss due to engine failure, bird strike, etc. It is, therefore, essential that all-up-weight limits of aircraft must be observed meticulously. Proper education of the personnel involved would also go a long way in solving this problem. Senior officers should be made responsible to intensify surveillance on loading of aircraft and strict action should be taken against the defaulters. Operator should also evolve appropriate enforcement strategies to ensure the end of such infringements of aviation safety.

The above instructions are for information and strict compliance by all the concerned. All the operators should ensure that these instructions are meticulously followed.

Sd/-

(V.K. Chandna )

Director Air Safety

For Director General of Civil Aviation

Date : 28.11.97

Place : New Delhi.

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