Monday, June 12, 2017

DGCA revokes embargo on chopper ops at 4 Char Dham helipads

Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government on Sunday heaved a sigh of relief after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) — which suspended flight operations at four helipads in the state after an accident on Saturday claimed the life of a flight engineer — allowed resumption of operations, while asking the government to submit the pending compliance report of the four helipads by June 16.
Additional secretary, disaster management, Vinod Kumar Suman said the flight operations would continue from the four helipads so that pilgrims did not face any problem. “Meanwhile, government officials will hold a meeting with DGCA officials on Monday to apprise them about details of the compliance report. If DGCA asks for some additional details, the government will provide them,” he said.
Suman told TOI that a DGCA air safety wing team had reached Badrinath to probe the causes of accident. “The team will examine the technical aspects of the incident. Meanwhile, the pilot of the crashed helicopter has been grounded according to DGCA air safety norms,” said Suman.
Earlier, the DGCA had claimed that the government failed to comply with the mandatory norms at four helipads, and also missed the deadline of May 31 to file the compliance report.
12/06/17 Yogesh Kumar/Times of India