Implement flight safety rules to the hilt: DGCA
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Last Updated: Friday, August 27, 2010, 18:23
  
New Delhi: Seeking to learn from mistakes that led to a recent mishap, aviation regulator DGCA has asked airlines and non-scheduled operators to ensure implementation of flight safety rules to the hilt, including adequate rest to the crew before they fly.

Referring to a recent accident involving a twin-engine turbo-prop aircraft in a 'contracting state' of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation observed that "all airlines and more specifically non-scheduled operators must take note of these safety lapses (that led to the accident) and take appropriate steps to comply."

The DGCA, however, did not identify the air operator or the country where the mishap had occurred recently.

The probe pointed out that one of the major lapses was that the First Officer or the commander of the aircraft had "sent two text messages from the cockpit before take-off whereas the crew is supposed to maintain a sterile cockpit", official sources said.

The enquiry report said the crew of the ill-fated plane had "mismanaged a warning from the automatic system that the plane was flying too slowly".

The First Officer had flown entirely the previous night on two different planes and was probably fatigued and had a health problem, the investigation had pointed out.

There was a lack of any programme of remedial training for the pilots by the operator, the probe had said.

The DGCA said these findings by the investigating agency into the accident that occurred in a foreign country indicates "unsafe flying environment" and asked all air operators, particularly the non-scheduled ones, to ensure such lapses do not occur.

PTI


First Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, 18:23


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