Friday, November 04, 2016

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

New Delhi 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.
The chopper’s pilot has been grounded and we are “interrogating him to find what the mechanic was doing with the chopper engine,” the official added.
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