Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Plea in SC on crash of aircraft, choppers of Indian armed forces

New Delhi: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday over the “alarming increase” in crash of aircraft and helicopters of the Indian armed forces, seeking direction to the Centre to take steps to ensure that such accidents do not occur in future.

The public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed after a Mirage-2000 trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed on February 1 at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Airport here killing both the pilots—Squadron Leader Samir Abrol and Squadron Leader Siddhartha Negi, both from Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment.

The PIL has sought setting up of a court-monitored committee comprising a retired judge of the apex court and experts from Indian defence services to conduct a thorough enquiry into the Mirage crash.
The PIL, filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, said the committee should fix responsibilities of erring government officials and others for the lapses leading to such incidents and also to suggest measures to ensure that it does not occur again in future.

The petitioner has referred to a recent media report which said that Indian armed forces have lost over 35 aircraft and helicopters in crashes since 2015-16 in which 45 lives have been lost.
06/02/19 Tribune
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