AAIB chief says too untimely to make preliminary evaluation of Kozhikode aircraft crash

New Delhi, August 12

Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) chief Aurobindo Handa has stated that proof is being collected for finishing up a proper probe into the Air India Express aircraft crash and it was too untimely to make an preliminary evaluation of the incident.

At least 18 folks, together with two pilots, died within the Air India Express plane crash at Kozhikode airport in Kerala on Friday. The Boeing 737 aircraft, carrying 190 folks, had overshot the runway and later broke into items.

On the preliminary evaluation concerning the crash, Handa stated the investigation is being carried out as per the Aircraft (Investigation of Accidents and Incidents) Rules, 2017 and ICAO Annex 13.

“As the objective of the investigation is prevention of accidents and incidents, a thorough and an in-depth investigation into all contributory factors would be carried out. It is too premature to make an initial assessment of the crash,” he instructed PTI in an e-mail interview late Tuesday night.

Handa is the Director General of the AAIB.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Annex 13 on plane accident and incident investigation accommodates the worldwide requirements and beneficial practices for plane accident and incident investigation.

The digital flight information recorder (DFDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the ill-fated plane have been recovered.

“Initial collection of evidences is in progress for carrying out formal investigation into the causes of the accident to Air India Express B- 737 aircraft VT-AXH,” Handa stated whereas replying to a question on when the preliminary report is predicted to be submitted to the federal government.

An Airports Authority of India (AAI) spokesperson, on Saturday, stated the aircraft had touched down close to a taxiway that’s round 1,000 metres from the start of the runway on the Kozhikode airport earlier than breaking into items.

The Kozhikode airport has a table-top runway and is operated by the AAI.

On whether or not there’s a chance that the primary officer may have taken management of the aircraft and any indications of pilots’ or air site visitors controllers’ (ATC) failure, Handa stated, “It is a part of the investigation and any comments made at this stage would be inappropriate and irresponsible”.

In response to a question on whether or not abroad businesses can be aiding within the probe, Handa stated that if AAIB requires any help, abroad businesses can be contacted.

“Each aircraft accident investigation is unique. Seasoned investigators do study the reports of other accident investigation agencies as well and there is a little doubt in my mind that they won’t be aware of the recommendations of Mangalore crash,” Handa stated.

He was responding to a query on the attainable takeaways for the probe from the report on the aircraft crash in Mangalore in 2010.

In 2010, an Air India Express plane overshot the runway at Mangalore airport, fell right into a gorge, caught fireplace and 158 folks misplaced their lives within the accident.

The Court of Inquiry into the Mangalore accident, that occurred on May 22, 2010, had stated the direct trigger was the captain’s failure to discontinue the unstabilised method of the aircraft. PTI

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