Saturday, November 05, 2016

Pilot of a private chopper grounded for allowing car mechanic to repair engine

The pilot of a private chopper owned by a Mumbai-based company landed in serious trouble after a car mechanic allegedly inspected and repaired a helicopter engine. By rule, only qualified aircraft maintenance engineer (AMEs) are supposed to inspect and repair aircraft or chopper engines. This incident is, however, the first such instance that a chopper’s engine is inspected by a car mechanic.
As per report by TOI, the Directorate general of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday grounded the pilot after getting information that the chopper was allegedly inspected by a car mechanic and not aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) during a recent flight.
The DGCA official was quoted in reports that an Agusta Westland AW 109 chopper (VT-VCA) was on a flight from Goa to Pune via Kolhapur on October 12. “Our Mumbai office got information and pictures that at the Kolhapur stopover, a car mechanic did ‘something’ with the helicopter’s engine. He may have possibly inspected the engine to try rectify a snag,” said a senior DGCA official. The official said that the pilot of the chopper has been suspended and the matter is thoroughly being interrogated.