The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has come up with new operational guidelines on procedures to be followed by co-pilots if the captain has been incapacitated in-flight.
The circular, issued on Tuesday, comes in the backdrop of the Mangalore crash, where the co-pilot had reportedly warned the commander the approach of the aircraft was not correct and a go-around was necessary.
As per the new procedures, the co-pilot or the pilot non-flying (PNF), would shout a warning to the commander —Approach Not Stabilised — if the former finds that the aircraft is not geared for a stable approach towards the runway.
In case the commander or pilot flying (PF) does not respond due to likely incapacitation and the situation continues to deteriorate, the PNF would again warn — Go Around Captain. If there is still no response from the commander, the co-pilot would shout My Controls, Captain, alert the air traffic control saying Go Around and initiate necessary steps to do so.
The DGCA, under Naseem Zaidi, has taken a number of initiatives since the Mangalore tragedy and it is because of these that India retained the Category 1 status in a recent international audit.
The DGCA has made it clear that these actions would have to be initiated when the aircraft is at a minimum of 500 feet from the ground and the entire procedure has to be completed above 200 feet height.