Thursday, October 27, 2016

After two episodes in Indian waters: Coast Guard puts in place elaborate plan to rescue any aircraft in sea

WITH two near Sully-like episodes witnessed on Indian waters, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has devised an elaborate plan to conduct Search And Rescue (SAR) operations in the eventuality of an aircraft ditching in the sea. Sully, the Tom Hanks-starrer narrated the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger’s January 2009 emergency landing of a commuter jet on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived the crash.
According to sources in the central agency, on July 26 this year, the Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC) intimated the Indian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Mumbai, that the pilot of the flight Boeing 777-300 (EK 652) with 319 passengers on board, at a distance of 200 nautical miles (NM) reported smoke on-board whilst on passage from UAE to Maldives (Male). The flight was diverted to Mumbai for an emergency landing.
“ICG being a SAR coordinator for maritime, the diversion was reported to us. We alerted all the associated SAR resource agencies to be vigil. At the same time two of our ships on patrol were pressed into action on the approach path of the aircraft to meet any exigency,” a senior official privy to the details told The Indian Express.
27/10/16 Rashmi Rajput/The Indian Express