Wednesday, March 07, 2018

ONGC ropes in Rotary Wing Society to probe Mumbai chopper crash

New Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has roped in the Rotary Wing Society of India to probe whether poor maintenance was one of the reasons for a Pawan Hans helicopter crashing in Arabian Sea in January this year which killed all the seven people onboard.
RWSI is a not-for-profit professional body specialising in both civil and military helicopters. It is an affiliate of Helicopter Association International (HAI) and headed by Air Vice Marshall K Sridharan.
"While the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing the reasons for the accident, we wanted to ascertain if the talks of poor maintenance at Pawan Hans could be a factor," a senior company official said.
The RWSI report is expected later this month. "The objective behind the exercise is to take corrective measures so as to avoid reoccurrence of such unfortunate accidents," he said. "We are not looking at fault finding. We want to be assured that all is well with Pawan Hans and if there are any areas where things can be tightened or improved."
07/03/18 PTI/Times of India