Saturday, December 29, 2018

House panel report seeks better labour provisions after Ghatkopar plane crash

Regulatory mechanism for private non-scheduled aircraft must be improved, states a Parliamentary committee report on labour, submitted by Member of Parliament Kirit Somaiya in the Parliament on Friday. This comes in the light of five deaths in the Ghatkopar plane crash on June 26 this year.

The report states that the plane carried two ground engineers on the test flight, violating norms, and provided no insurance cover following their death. “The agencies informed the committee that the particular aircraft was grounded due to an accident in February 2008 and its certificate of airworthiness was cancelled. Also, it was repaired in a non-scientific manner, and was taken for test flight without getting completion certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA),” read the report.

In July, the DGCA had audited Indamer, the agency that repaired King Air C-90 aircraft that crashed in Ghatkopar. Two pilots, two engineers and a local pedestrian, died in the crash. Observing that aircraft were allowed to undergo test flights without rectifying all defects, the DGCA partially suspended Indamer from conducting aircraft repair or maintenance work.
29/12/18 Indian Expess
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