Saturday, May 27, 2017

Fadnavis' chopper crash: Evidence collected from site of accident, witnesses interviewed

Mumbai: A day after the government-owned helicopter carrying Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his team crashlanded in Nilanga in Latur district, a team of officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) collected evidence from the crash site. Detailed accounts of witnesses and all those on board the chopper were taken.
On Thursday afternoon, the chopper, carrying two pilots and four officials, along with Fadnavis, suffered damages after the crash. In its inspection, the team recorded the condition of the chopper and collected some of its parts, including the cockpit’s voice recorder box.
“We have investigated the site in detail. A detailed inquiry report of the same will be prepared soon,” said a senior DGCA official.
“The DGCA team took a first person account of the incident from us. They questioned us, especially on our need to call for an emergency landing and what exactly we observed inside the cockpit.”said the chief pilot in command, Sanjay Karve.
“The initial inquiry will be the responsibility of the western region of the DGCA office in Mumbai,” Karve added.
27/05/17 Indian Express