HC seeks report on 2011 Faridabad air ambulance crash
The Delhi high court has directed the Centre and the DGCA to submit an action taken report on the recommendations made by the expert committee after the air ambulance crash in Faridabad in May 2011 that killed 10 people, including all seven on board.delhi Updated: Jan 27, 2016 01:03 IST
The Delhi high court has directed the Centre and the DGCA to submit an action taken report on the recommendations made by the expert committee after the air ambulance crash in Faridabad in May 2011 that killed 10 people, including all seven on board.
Justice Rajiv Shakdher said there was a “palpable public interest in knowing as to the action” taken by DGCA and Centre pursuant to the expert committee recommendation as air crashes generally results in the death of not only of persons on board, but also of persons on ground besides damage to immovable property, such as houses.
On May 25, 2011, an air ambulance with a crew of two pilots, a medical team comprising two doctors and a male nurse returning from Patna with a patient and one attendant, crashed in Faridabad while approaching towards Delhi.
The crash led to the death of all seven occupants on board the aircraft and three persons on the ground and damage to property, including three houses.
An expert committee set up to probe the incident gave few recommendations on air safety, including sharing of weather information received by Indian Metrological Department in real time to be duplicated at the working consoles of the Air Traffic Controllers.
It also recommended that all air crew are made to undergo training to include low speed handling and unusual altitudes and recovery from such flight conditions for aircraft types flown.
It had also recommended forming of a ‘Civil Aviation Authority’ which could independently examine boards for air crew, ground crew and cabin crew and an independent “Accident Investigation Bureau” in accordance with international standards.
Justice Shakdher directed the Centre and Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to submit an Action Taken Report (ATR), within four weeks, with regard to the safety recommendations made by the Committee.
The HC order came while hearing the pleas of the families of the captain and co-pilot of the ill-fated aircraft seeking relief, including compensation and damages for loss of life. The HC ordered the insurance company to pay them Rs 40 lakh, over and above the Rs 10 lakh already paid to them.