Jolted by Kozhikode crash, govt forms panel to study report, suggest remedies

Jolted by the Air India Express flight AXB1344 crash at the Kozhikode airport on August 7 final 12 months, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has arrange a 9-member committee to study the suggestions by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) on the accident and suggest remedies.

In a primary of kinds, the ministry has speedily put in place a assessment mechanism inside a couple of days of the submission of the AAIB report on the accident. The AAIB report was submitted on August 17 and accepted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on August 20.

The committee shall be headed by civil aviation secretary Pradeep Kumar Kharola and the heads of Air India, aviation watchdog DGCA, AAIB, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Indian Meteorological Department scientist, an professional on aerodromes Arun Rao (ex- International Civil Aviation Organization), Vineet Gulati, a member of Air Navigation Services and former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major shall be its members.

The committee has been requested to look into the 43 suggestions within the AAIB report and submit its remaining report in 60 days. Till the time secure and possible options are in place, operations of wide-bodied jets will stay on maintain on the airport.

The first wide-body plane Airbus 330-300 belonging to the Saudi airways from Jeddah had landed on December 5, 2018, after an extended wrestle by the Kerala state and native teams because the runway was shorter than prescribed ranges.

The committee will look into the feasibility of working wide-bodied plane and suggest measures to function them.

The Kozhikode or Calicut air crash occurred in August 2020. The tragedy struck the Air India Express restricted Boeing 737-8HG with name signal VT-AXH, which was working a repatriation flight beneath Vande Bharat Mission for individuals who had been stranded due to the Covid 19 pandemic in Dubai. While 165 had been injured, 19 passengers and two pilots died within the crash.

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The 9-member committee has been requested to look into the slew of security suggestions for the Air India Express Ltd, Airports Authority of India, DGCA, AAIB and IMD.

The AAIB report on the crash had beneficial that the AIR INDIA EXPRESS LIMITED in view of the failure of its pilot coaching programme wanted to enhance Simulator Training, coaching in practical conditions, promote assertiveness of the First Officer to take-over management and provoke a go-around on an unstabilised strategy when Pilot In Command fails to reply (one of many key points recognized because the trigger behind the crash).
The airline was additionally requested to enhance pilots’ talent in tailwind touchdown on a moist runway, correct plane efficiency calculations and higher monitoring of knowledge recorders.

The airline was additionally requested to guarantee higher availability of crew in any respect bases, think about the quantum of flights originating from respective bases and accordingly assign them as ‘home base’, particularly for the captains.

The report had complained that the AIXL didn’t have an impartial medical division and the operator was requested to make use of Aviation/Aerospace Medicine Specialists in accordance with DGCA General Advisory.

Since the Investigation Team noticed that there have been cases of verbal briefing for defect reporting in AIXL, AAIB had beneficial that verbal briefing for any plane defect be strongly discouraged and proper procedures be adopted as outlined in related DGCA Civil aviation Requirement (CAR).

The Airport Authority of India was requested to make sure that ab-initio coaching of ATCO and annual refresher included the impression of tailwind circumstances in hostile climate and Precautions required to be taken whereas deciding the change of runway in hostile climate.

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