Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Aviation ministry asks DGCA instead of AAIB to probe goair’s February fire incident

New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry has denied permission to the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) to probe a suspected engine fire in an Airbus 320neo aircraft of GoAir in February, and instead asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to investigate the incident in a decision that raised eyebrows.
The bureau, aviation industry experts said, is an agency created specifically to investigate serious incidents and accidents and should have been given the mandate to probe the incident that had put the lives of 193 people on board the airliner at risk. The plane, which had taken off from Delhi, returned to the airport safely after some eyewitnesses reported fire in one of its engines.
Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey, however, said there was no fire and that it was an engine failure. “AAIB has ordered investigation citing engine fire. However, there was no engine fire which was confirmed by GoAir as well as (engine maker) P&W. Accordingly, MoCA (aviation ministry) took a conscious decision and the DGCA was asked to conduct the investigation,” Choubey said through a text message, responding to ET’s request for comments on the matter.
)3/10/17 Saurabh Sinha/Economic Times
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