Tawang chopper crash: Committee of Inquiry set up

Last Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 19:34

New Delhi: A Committee of Inquiry was on Saturday set up to investigate the circumstances that led to the
recent crash of a Pawan Hans helicopter in Arunachal Pradesh
even as the chopper company declared interim compensation for
relatives of the 17 people killed and those injured.

The three-member committee, comprising former air
force officers, would investigate all aspects of the accident
and submit its report within three months, an official
spokesperson said here.
Seventeen of the 23 people on board the Mi-172
helicopter of the state-owned Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited
were killed in the crash near the helipad in Tawang on
Tuesday.

While the committee would be headed by Air Marshal
(Retd) P P Rajkumar, its other members are Air Commodore
(Retd) Rai Krishan and Wing Commander (Retd) Rabinder Singh.
DGCA`s Deputy Director (Air Safety) M J Singh would be its
Secretary.
The panel would investigate and determine the cause
and contributory factors leading to the accident and make
recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accidents, he
said.

DGCA chief E K Bharat Bhushan had earlier told PTI
that while a two-member team was conducting a preliminary
enquiry, a full-fledged probe committee would be set up soon.

Meanwhile, Pawan Hans has announced an interim
compensation of Rs one lakh for the kin of each of those
killed in the crash and Rs 50,000 for those injured. Final
compensation shall be determined as per law, the spokesperson
said.

Following the crash, the Civil Aviation Ministry
directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to launch a
series of measures, including an immediate drive to ensure
that all helicopters are operated and maintained in accordance
with the approved procedures to ensure safety.

The DGCA has also been asked to undertake immediate
assessment of helipads, particularly in critical and remote
areas where helicopter operations are crucial.

The aviation regulator would ensure that examiners of
helicopters conduct special checks of the line pilots under
overall supervision of DGCA in a time-bound manner and
regularly monitor and review safety regulations which are
implemented by state governments.

The ministry has also asked DGCA to make an "external
assessment" of overall safety standards of helicopter
operations in respect of operators which fly in such critical
areas, the spokesperson said.

Bhushan and Pawan Hans chief R K Tyagi had rushed to
the accident site the next day to supervise the rescue and
relief operations. An Inspector of Accident was appointed the
same day to carry out preliminary investigations.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 19:34

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