Saturday, September 01, 2018

Rahul Gandhi air scare: Delayed action by flight crew led to near crash of plane, says DGCA report

Delayed action by the flight crew resulted in near crash of the chartered plane which was carrying Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Delhi to Hubli in April this year, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Friday.
On April 26, the Congress scion was scheduled to visit Hubli from New Delhi as part of the then-ongoing campaign for the Karnataka elections when his flight developed a technical snag. Alleging “intentional tampering”, the party had filed an FIR against the pilots and demanded a probe at the highest priority.

In a 30-page report released today, the two-member committee, which was set up by the DGCA to probe the incident, ruled out any prior technical snag in the Ligare Aviation-operated private Falcon 2000 jet, registered as VT-AVH.

Providing details about the incident, the DGCA said, “Crew initiated action only when the master cautions warning i.e after 15 seconds of autopilot disengage.”

The aviation regulator explained that a warning appears in the form of a red light and audio warning in the cockpit for the pilot to take action and avoid any mishap. “Due to lack of institutional awareness, the crew actions to control of the aircraft manually were slightly delayed,” the report said.
01/09/18 Indian Express
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