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Bag containing chopper crash data almost lost

mumbai Updated: Jan 20, 2012 01:31 IST
Soubhik Mitra

A bag containing crucial evidence from a helicopter crash site in Raipur almost went missing at the Mumbai airport on Tuesday.

The cockpit voice recorder and important documents carrying data about a Border Security Force (BSF) chopper crash at the Mana airport in Raipur on January 15 was kept in the bag that was found unattended at one of the domestic terminals at the city airport.

Airport sources said that a private airline ground staff collected the bag from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official investigating the case after he landed in Mumbai.

Subsequently, the air safety official headed to the baggage conveyor area to collect the check-in bags assuming the airline employee was following him. Only after stepping out of the arrival terminal did he realise the airline staff carrying his cabin luggage was not around.

“Losing the evidence would have lead to a serious problem,” said an airport official requesting anonymity.

When the DGCA official tried to go back to area where he had last seen the airline personnel, the security guards at the airport’s arrival gates refused to let him in. The DGCA official had to call a senior Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer to re-enter the airport.

“When he reached the terminal the bag was lying unattended in the arrival terminal,” said a source in the DGCA.

10 fliers’ baggage goes missing

mumbai: Ten passengers arriving in Mumbai on board a Kingfisher Airlines flight on Thursday found the airline staff had off-loaded their baggage at the Bhavnagar airport without informing them. Passengers alleged that the airline staff blamed officials at the Bhavnagar airport for the goof up.

Rajavi Joshi, a Vile Parle resident who was stranded there for hours filed a non-cognisable offense at the airport police station against alleged rude behaviour of the staff.

The airline blamed the problem on payload (maximum permissible weight) restrictions, but didn’t explain what led to the restrictions. HTC