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Air safety incidents at Goa and Delhi airport; 2 pilots suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a day of miraculous escape for air passengers as two major accidents were averted on Tuesday. The first incident pertained to a Goa-Mumbai Jet flight which skidded off at the Goa airport on early morning resulting in 12 people getting injured. The flying licence of the two pilots was suspended and a probe by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) of the Civil Aviation Ministry was launched soon after the incident. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said a thorough time-bound investigation and corrective action shall be ensured.The second incident happened at national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport when an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft came dangerously close to each other on the runway, allegedly because of bad weather and due to ‘miscommunication’ with the Air Traffic Control (ATC). Both incidents raised questions on India’s air safety record which is obviously a cause of worry as the country is one of the fastest growing aviation market.A three-member team of AAIB rushed to Goa for inspection of the spot of accident, sources in the Ministry said. “Prima facie the runway accident appears to be the pilot’s fault. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has withdrawn the flying privileges of the two pilots, including the Commander, pending the initial outcome of the probe,” a source at DGCA said. Officials in AAIB were of the same opinion. They said that in all ‘probability’ the accident took place because of the pilot’s fault, adding that the preliminary findings on the accident are likely to be submitted in a week’s time.The Jet Airways flight 9W 2374 with 161 people onboard veered off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa while aligning for take-off. The incident took place at 5 am when the Boeing 737 aircraft turned a full 360 degrees and its nose touched the soft land while taxiing for take off early on Tuesday in Goa airport. The Jet Airways flight had arrived from Dubai and was heading to Mumbai. There was panic among the passengers and a few passengers suffered injuries even during the evacuation process. Some passengers had to be rushed to the local hospital and five of the 12 injured passengers were hospitalised till late evening.Sources in Indian Navy, which manages the Dabolim airport, said its prompt response in rescuing passengers prevented a ‘catastrophe’. The airport, which is located in the Navy facility INS Hansa in Vasco town, was closed down for a while, impacting movements of other flights and causing some flight diversions.The incident at Delhi’s IGI airport took place in the afternoon when an IndiGo flight had just arrived from Lucknow with 160 passengers and the Spicejet flight with 187 on board was about to take off for Hyderabad . The two aircraft came face-to-face and almost collided with each other, sources said. Officials from ATC, on condition of anonymity, blamed poor visibility for the situation. They said haze was particularly intense on Tuesday. 72 flights were delayed that day because of fog. However, officials from Delhi International Airport Limited — which manages the Delhi airport — rejected ATC’s charge and said the problem occurred because of miscommunication from ATC. IndiGo as well as SpiceJet confirmed that both planes saw each other coming from opposite directions but both airlines denied that there was any risk to the passengers.

Mumbai: AAIB to probe Aarey colony helicopter crash that killed one

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apex aircraft investigation body, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will probe the helicopter crash in Goregaon suburb of Mumbai on Sunday in which one person was killed and three others were injured. Aviation regulator DGCA has already started collecting evidence from the crash site which would help the AAIB in its probe, a senior official said. “The DGCA officials are already on the crash site to collect evidence for probe. Since, ab initio its an accident, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will be conducting a probe into it. We are sending a team of investigators to Mumbai tomorrow to start the probe,” a senior AAIB official said.The official said that the AAIB is expected to complete its preliminary investigation in one weeks time. One person was killed and three others were injured when a helicopter crashed in the Goregaon suburb of the western metropolis. The helicopter crashed in an open ground in Aarey colony, a green belt in suburban Goregaon, and caught fire, according to the city fire department officials.Local residents alerted police and Fire Brigade after they spotted smoke billowing from the crash site. Four persons, all occupants of the chopper, suffered burns and were rushed to a hospital where one of them succumbed to injuries, said DCP (Zone 12) Kirankumar Chavan.
ALSO READ Mumbai: One dead, 3 injured in chopper crash in Aarey ColonyElaborating on the condition of the passengers, ​Dr Rajendra Karwa, medical superintendent of Seven Hills Hospital said, “There were four passengers. The pilot was brought in dead. Mr and Mrs Modi were passengers in the joyride. Mr Modi is serious while his wife has suffered 30% burns but she is conscious and alert. The 4th person was the technician. He too is conscious and alert but has suffered multiple fractures.”

AAIB panel to probe Jet Airways aircraft gear collapse in Mumbai

New Delhi: A four-member committee under the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) would probe the landing gear collapse of a Jet Airways Boeing 737 plane at the Mumbai airport last month.

As many as 127 passengers on board Jet Airways B737-900 aircraft from Delhi had a narrow escape when its main landing gear collapsed while taxiing after it landed at the Chhtrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on 3 March.

A Jet Airways aircraft. PTIA Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

A Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

The committee, headed by AAIB’s director of Aircraft Engineering Department Amit Gupta, has been asked to submit its report within six months, a government notification said.

“In the exercise of the powers conferred by the Rules 11(1) of the Aircraft (Investigation of Accidents and
Incidents) Rules, 2012, the Central Government hereby directs that a formal inquiry in the accident be made,” the
notification said.

AAIB is a dedicated entity under the civil aviation ministry to investigate serious air accidents and incidents.
The bureau was carved out of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in 2012.

The committee has been mandated to investigate and determine the causes and contributory factors leading to the
accident and make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accident in future, it said.

“The Committee will complete its inquiry and submit its report to the Central Government preferably within six months,” the notification said.

PTI

Panels to probe BSF plane and Katra chopper crash formed

The two committees, formed to investigate the crash of a BSF plane and helicopter in Katra, have been given six months to submit their reports.A four-member Committee of Inquiry will investigate and determine the causes and contributory factors leading to the crash of a Border Security Force (BSF) Super King Air B200 aircraft after taking off from Palam airport here last month, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All 10 people on board the plane, which was to go to Ranchi, were killed in the accident that took place shortly after it take-off on December 22, 2015.The Committee will be headed by by R S Passi, Deputy Director of Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and will have Captain Anant Sethi, Chief Pilot of Madhya Pradesh government, K Ramachandra, Air Safety of AAIB and Raje Bhatnagar of AAIB as its members.Three-member Committee, headed by Yash Pall, former Deputy General Manager (Maintenance) of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, will investigate the chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir’s Katra in November last year.Seven people, including a woman pilot and a newly-wed couple, were killed when a chopper ferrying them to base camp of over 700-year-old Vaishnodevi shrine on November 23.The Ecureuil AS350 B3 helicopter was being operated by Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd to ferry pilgrims between Katra’s base camp and ‘Sanjhi Chhat’ helipad at the shrine.Both the Committees will make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accidents in future, the sources said.The Committees can also take the assistance of other experts or agencies whenever required. They will complete its inquiry and submit its report to the central government preferably within six months, they said. The panels, formed late last month, will submit their report in June, the sources said.

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