Monday, August 10, 2020

AAIB to submit report this week

Kochi: The preliminary inquiry to ascertain the cause for the AIE plane crash at Karipur airport suggested that loss of control of the aircraft and ineffective braking during landing on a waterlogged runway might have led to the accident. Sources associated with the probe said Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) team reportedly found evidence of waterlogging on the runway at the time of landing.
The team is probing whether air traffic control (ATC) noticed the waterlogging at the time of landing and tested the severity before giving landing clearance to AIE flight (IX 1344). Also, the team is checking whether ATC and pilot adhered to the rules that are to be followed during landing on a tabletop runway at night during inclement weather.
AAIB officials, camping in Kozhikode, inspected the wreckage on Sunday in the presence of officials from Air India and Airports Authority of India. They held discussion with ATC, fire and rescue team, CISF and the ground staffs who were on duty the night the plane crashed. The preliminary report of the accident will be ready this week as transcripts from the black box and recording of cockpit voice recorder (CVR) will soon be recovered at DGCA’s lab in Delhi.

The wreckage will not be removed until a detailed investigation is done. It is also learnt that a technical team from Boeing will reach India next week and assist the probe. DGCA will request the team to visit the crash site to inspect the aircraft original equipment for defects.

It is also learnt AAIB is looking at Aug 4, 2017, accident in Kozhikode airport when a SpiceJet aircraft veered off the runway while landing on a rainy day on runway 10 before coming to a halt, safely. The two accidents have similarities as pilots requested permission to land on runway 10 amid inclement weather though runway 28 was the designated one. Also, the cause of veering off the runway, as cited by investigation report, was the excessive rudder input by the pilot to steer the aircraft to the runway centreline while landing during moderate rain.
10/08/20 Times of India
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