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MP: Probe into plane crash begins; report on last mishap pending

While DGCA has sent a team to probe crash of Cessna 152, in which a pilot was killed, the authority is yet to submit report of last year’s crash landing of another Cessna plane near Indore airport.

indore Updated: Nov 22, 2014 18:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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While the director general of civil aviation (DGCA) has promptly sent a team to probe the crash of Cessna 152, in which a pilot died on Wednesday, the DGCA is yet to submit report of last year’s crash landing of another Cessna plane near Indore airport.

The investigating team is focusing its probe to find out the cause behind communication breakdown between the pilots of the ill-fated Cessna 152 and air traffic control (ATC). One pilot was killed and other received multiple injuries when the two-seater plane crashed on the airport premises while the pilots were doing touch-and-go manoeuvre.

In June 2013, a Cessna 152 two-seater aircraft of the flying club crash-landed in the field outside the airport after its engine failed. Fortunately, both the pilots escaped with minor injuries as they managed to glide the plane before landing on a field. “The report of the DGCA probe that was ordered after the mishap is yet to be submitted,” MP Flying Club’s chief flight instructor Mandar Mahajan told HT. Interestingly, the aircraft that crashed on Wednesday is also a two-seater Cessna 152.

The team comprising air safety commissioner R Rajendran and Airports Authority of India's general manager (western region) VSP Chinson has questioned officials of the airport as well as the MP Flying Club.

The investigating team was concerned about the reason behind communication failure between ill-fated aircraft and air traffic controllers during touch-and-go exercise.

Airport sources said the DGCA team have collected all evidence and would study it minutely to come up with the report. The sources said DGCA team would be secretive about the investigation and would not divulge any information that may impact the probe.

The team has recorded statements of air traffic control personnel on duty at the time of the crash apart from recording statements of search and rescue team that was summoned for rescue operation.

First Published: Nov 22, 2014 18:08 IST