Monday, August 17, 2020

Air crash: No initial probe report yet

Mumbai: Though a week has passed since the air crash at the Karipur that left 18 dead, there has been no official word yet on the initial probe findings that would benefit the pilots landing on these table top runways. Since the tragedy, over a dozen flights have flown in about 2,000 passengers to the airport.
As per the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) statement on Thursday, the stakeholders will have to wait till January for any information. ‘Let’s wait for the accident report’, is the usual bureaucratic approach to accident prevention, said Wing Commander (Wg Cdr) K Dinesh, an ex-IAF officer and aviation safety consultant who has been part of IAF’s ‘Go Team’ that rushes to accident sites to make a first assessment of what went wrong.
“Unlike accidents in remote areas or over the sea, those at airports leave several clues. The Go Team can make an assessment within a day or two, based on evidence collected from the scene, speaking to air traffic control, first responders etc. It is usually 99% correct,” he said.
“Waiting longer than required to learn lessons from a crash is akin to pushing aviation safety out of the window,” he said.
Keeping the public informed in the initial days following the crash is also an aspect followed in civil aviation accidents. US National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) note about its investigation process says: “At least once daily during the on-scene phase of an investigation, one of the five members of the safety board itself, who accompanies the Go-Team, briefs the media on the latest factual information developed by the team…”
Another important step is releasing a preliminary report to learn the initial lessons following a crash. Under International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13 norms, a preliminary report should preferably be released in a month’s time, it may or may not be made public. Pakistan made public its preliminary investigation report about four weeks after the May 22 PIA crash. But the AAIB order issued on August 13 says nothing about submission of a preliminary investigation report for Calicut crash.
17/08/20 Times of India
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