Thursday, October 27, 2016

80 per cent helidecks not cleared by DGCA

More than 80 per cent of manned helidecks have not been cleared by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in terms of safety. This means that even if there is a medical emergency on 50 out of 60 platforms on the western coast, the worker in need will not be allowed to get help. Moreover, after the Bombay High accident on November 4 last year which claimed the lives of two
Pawan Hans pilots, night landing emergency services for ambulances (helicopters) are yet to resume. Before the tragedy, the services were operational via the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
The DGCA has cleared a total ten platforms which are now safe for ambulance landing.
27/10/16 Neha L.M. Tripathi/The Asian Age