Mangalore crash: DGCA reviews AI Exp functioning

Last Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 20:13

New Delhi: In the wake of the Mangalore
air crash, aviation regulator DGCA has reviewed the compliance
by Air India Express of rules and procedures relating to
various key areas like operational safety, maintenance of
aircraft and security.

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 aircraft had overshot
the runway and crashed into a ravine on May 22, killing 158
people on board.

The review was carried out at a meeting last week by top
officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation,
including its chief Nasim Zaidi, and the airline. The areas
covered included operations, maintenance, safety, security and
commercial, an airline official said.

During the meeting, DGCA asked the national carrier to
resolve issues like positioning of officers in operations,
safety and training areas, putting pilots on the regular roll
of Air India Express, flight dispatch, crew rostering and
monitoring of their Flight Duty Time Limitations (FDTL).

Other issues discussed at the meeting included requirement
for more mechanics, internal auditors and pre-flight medical
checks.

Claiming that Air India Express management has already
acted upon the advices, an airline spokesperson said the steps
included issuance of an office order for appointment of the
Chief of Operations, deputation of pilots for a period of five
years and deployment of trainee pilots who are undergoing
training on Boeing 737s operated by the airline.

The entire gamut of steps taken ranged from computerisation
and automation of crew rostering system and FDTL monitoring,
implementation of regulations related to pre-flight medical,
recruitment of additional mechanics from defence services, the
spokesperson said.

He said that a Memorandum of Understanding already exists
between NACIL and Air India Express regarding Flight Dispatch,
Ramp and Traffic Handling.

Further, the Chief Operating Officer, National Aviation
Company of India Limited (which runs Air India and Air India
Express) would soon issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
including strict compliance with training schedules on
monsoon.

The SOPs would also include regulations on special
precautions during take-offs and landings, optimal use of
First Officers, strict implementation of regulations on
simulation of unsafe situation during training, strict
adherence to approach parameters and voluntary safety
reporting system, the spokesperson added.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 20:13

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