Among the cases discussed in the meeting on Friday was the collapse of a jet blast fence at the Mumbai airport in July. A large section of the fence, meant to protect airport workers and slum dwellers from powerful jet discharge, was found lying outside the airport boundary. A critical ground navigation aid that guides pilots during poor visibility was also damaged in the incident.
“MIAL officials denied sharing data on the specification of the new blast fence and other relevant details of the probe. Since information is intentionally being held back, participating in the probe would be a mere formality,” said Narsimhan.
She added that MIAL officials were not transparent about the relocation of a ground-based aid next to the airport’s main runway. “It seems that a group of senior officials wants me to blindly sign on safety probe reports, which is against my principles,” she added.
An MIAL spokesperson said, “We are obliged to send the reports to DGCA, which we submitted two months ago. It is up to the DGCA to decide on dissemination.”
DGCA chief Arun Mishra was not available for comment.