Friday, August 21, 2020

AIX Calicut crash: Was the damaged cockpit secured till investigators arrived?

Mumbai: Dismissing the evidence captured in videos shot by electronic media, the ministry of civil aviation on Thursday said that the Air India Express Calicut accident site was secured by the CISF and no evidence was tampered with.

Early this week, Capt Amit Singh, an air safety expert had sent a letter to secretary, ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) with snapshots of video clips that showed a person dressed in fatigues, remove a document retrieved from the cockpit of the crashed aircraft. He had sought a probe into the matter. Times of India went through the video clips concerned, shot around 10.30 pm on August 7, about three hours after the crash. The Aircraft Accident Investigation team reached the site at 6 am on August 8.

In a minute long portion of the clip, aired by a news agency, a person can be seen squatting inside the damaged cockpit, while another person standing outside, with his back facing the camera, looks on. With a torch in hand, the person inside the cockpit goes around searching for something. He can be seen rummaging through files, papers, disturbing the scene.
In the second clip, aired by another news agency, a person can be seen inside the cockpit. Infact, the anchor said: "You can see inside, that is the cockpit, where the CISF officials are trying to recover some important data. So this is quite a surreal image….” Later on, the clip shows a person approaching the cockpit with a crowbar.
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