Friday, June 28, 2019

DGCA knew of malpractices: Kin of Ghatkopar crash dead

Mumbai: The aviation regulator was aware of the malpractices on the part of the company which had repaired the charter company aircraft that crashed in Ghatkopar on June 28 last year, said a member of the family of the deceased recently.
A year after the crash that killed five people, the families of the deceased alleged slow police investigation.
Early this year, after much pressure, the police registered an FIR against UY Aviation, owner of the crashed KingAir C-90. The crash killed the pilot, co-pilot, two engineers and a pedestrian. On Thursday, the families met the police commissioner. "The commissioner assured us that he would look into our complaint," said Prabhat Kathuria, husband of deceased pilot Marya Zuberi.
Kathuria, the complainant in the FIR, named senior officials of UY Aviation and others.
"I recently received an RTI reply from DGCA which revealed that the regulator had received a number of complaints, including one from its own air safety officer, about alleged fraudulent practices at Indamer Aviation, the maintenance organisation which was entrusted by UY Aviation with the job of making the ill-fated aircraft air-worthy," he said. "The DGCA officer had sent a letter in December 2015 in which he warned the DGCA that if action was not taken against Indamer there could be a crash."
The letter, a copy of which is with TOI, lists a number of malpractices like fraudulent entries of maintenance work done and forged signatures of aircraft maintenance engineers. A copy of the said DGCA officer's letter was sent to Kathuria in response to an RTI query.
28/06/19 Times of India
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