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Language problem may be behind Mangalore air crash

PTI  Madhepura, May 22, 2010
First Published: 19:32 IST(22/5/2010) | Last Updated: 19:36 IST(22/5/2010)

JD(U) president and former Civil Aviation Minister Sharad Yadav on Saturday said that the barrier of language might have led to the Mangalore air crash in which 158 persons onboard were killed.

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"Language problem is found to be the biggest problem in conversations the pilots have with ATC (Air Traffic Control). It might have led to the crash in Mangalore," Yadav said while offering his condolences to those who lost their lives in the crash.

Yadav, however, said the inquiry by the DGCA would unravel the cause leading to the tragedy.

He voiced his opposition to appointments of foreign pilots in the civil aviation sector.

"It is unfortunate that though there is no dearth of domestic hands to operate aircrafts, foreign pilots are being preferred," Yadav added.


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