Mangalore crash: Inquiry report blames expat pilot
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 00:08
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Six months after the Air India plane IX 812 crashed, killing 158 people, the inquiry committee has finally submitted the crash report to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and blamed human error for the tragedy.

The report blames the British pilot of Serbian origin, Zlatko Glusica, for the careless landing of the plane that overshot the Mangalore runway, as per TV reports.

The recordings from Cockpit Voice Recorder indicate that the pilot slept for 90 minutes on flight. Co-pilot Captain HS Ahluwalia is heard cautioning Glusica thrice to “go around”.

CVR recordings have also captured the aircraft computers sound – ‘pull up”, but the Captain seems to have not paid heed to the warnings immediately enough to save the aircraft from toppling over the table top runway.

The report also says that the last recorded voice from CVR, is that of the pilot saying “Oh my God”.

The two-year-old aircraft had crashed outside Mangalore airport in Karnataka on May 22, killing 158 people when it burst into flames after overshooting a table-top runway and plunged into a nearby forest . It was coming in from Dubai.

The pilot also did not take-off in time and the aircraft had rammed into the boundary-wall of the table-top runway before falling into the deep gorge on the other side of the airport, they said.

Data retrieved from the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the ill-fated Boeing 737 aircraft had shown that the captain was on the wrong flight path and had also delayed in taking corrective measures despite being requested by his co-pilot for "a go-around".

The 2.05 minutes of CVR recording has indicated that despite being warned by the aircraft computers to "pull up, the captain had not paid any heed. He also ignored the co-pilot telling him to go-around.

The last few seconds of the recording clearly says "we don't have runway left" after which the CVR has recorded the loud crashing sound.

While deposing before the Court of Inquiry, Boeing officials had said that the pilot was not on the right glide path while approaching the Mangalore airport.

He had approached for landing at an angle more than three degrees which is the standard procedure, the officials submitted.

They also found some anomalies in the captain's way of taking corrective measures which could have averted the accident.

-PTI inputs

First Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 00:08

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