Sunday, April 15, 2018

After chopper crash, Pawan Hans to conduct organisational audit

New Delhi: Helicopter services provider Pawan Hans is in the process of carrying out an organisational audit after completion of two safety audits against the backdrop of a chopper crash that killed seven people in January.

Pawan Hans Chairman and Managing Director B P Sharma asserted that the company has a "very robust safety system" that has been further strengthened.
"We are the first helicopter company that has got the safety management manual approved by the DGCA... We have already (done) two audits -- one with Airbus and one with RWSI (Rotary Wing Society of India). We are also doing the third one with independent international experts to improve upon the system that we have," he told PTI.

According to Sharma, the major audit plan will completely look into the organisation as a whole.

The disinvestment-bound company -- which is a joint venture between the government and state-owned ONGC -- has a fleet of 42 helicopters and plans to lease eight more as it prepares to start services under the regional air connectivity scheme.

The audits also come against the backdrop of crash of its Eurocopter Dauphin N3 chopper off the Mumbai coast that killed all the seven on-board on January 13.

When asked about the crash, Sharma said that two audits have been taken up and "primarily there appears to be no reasons that why we have gone into that accident".
15/04/18 PTI/Business Standard