Calicut Accident: The government constituted a 5-member inquiry panel; Report ‘preferably’ in 5 months

Calicut Accident: The government constituted a 5-member inquiry panel; Report ‘preferably’ in 5 months

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New Delhi: The government has formed a five-member panel to investigate the crash landing of Air India Express Flight IX-1344 at Kozhikode last Friday. The Boeing 737NG was flying from Dubai, carrying 190 people and 18 people, including both pilots, lost their lives.
Currently, two of the 77 people admitted to the hospital are serious. An order issued on Thursday by Aurobindo Handa, director general of the Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (AAIB), said the panel should submit its report within five months.
Handa has appointed former SS Examiner Captain SS Chahar on the Boeing 737NG as the investigator-in-charge to investigate the circumstances of the accident. They will be helped by (in) investigators – Ved Prakash, Operations Specialist; Mukul Bhardwaj, senior aircraft maintenance engineer on the Boeing 737; Group Captain (Dr) YS Dahiya, Aviation Medicine Expert and Jasbir Singh Laharga, Deputy Director AAIB, “says Adesh.

Investigator-in-charge “may seek the assistance of other experts / agencies whenever necessary.” The investigation will be headquartered in Delhi. AAIB “wishes to investigate and determine the possible causes and contributing factors leading to the accident and make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such an accident in the future.”
Ominous Boeing 737 (VT-AXH) powered as AI Express Dubai-Calicut Flight IX 1344 had 174 passengers, 10 infants and six crew members (two pilots and four cabin crew) – all for 190 people. Eighteen people have lost their lives in this accident so far.
An AI Express official said, “77 people are currently hospitalized and two are in critical condition.” The remaining 95 people have been discharged from hospitals.


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