Pilot error led to Mangalore crash: Inquiry told

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 22:13

New Delhi: A Court of Inquiry (CoI) set up
to probe the Air India Express mishap in May near Mangalore
airport was told today that pilot "error" led to the tragic
mishap killing 158 people.

The data retrieved from the cockpit voice recorder
(CVR) of the ill-fated aircraft has 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".

This was submitted by the officials of Directorate
General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Boeing, which had
manufactured the airliner before the six-member Court of
Inquiry formed to investigate the mishap.

The 2-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 .

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 heed to it. 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 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 the corrective measures which could have averted the
accident.

-PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 22:13

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