Monday, May 24, 2010

How safe is it to fly in India?

Saturday's crash raises the obvious question: How safe is it to fly in India? "After a crash, if the pilot is alive, nail him. If he is dead, blame him," goes a saying in our circles. The blame game has already begun even as vital safety deficiencies get swept aside.

* After the crash, the chairman of AAI went on record to say that the Mangalore runway and the airport met International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards. But the aiming point (the point where the undercarriage of the aircraft is supposed to touch down on the runway while landing) on the runway does not conform to ICAO standards. Also, if the overrun area had 90 metres of sand laid out as per ICAO specifications for the runway-end safety area, then isn't it strange that the aircraft did not slow down? Are all the other airports in India in a similar state of (un)preparedness for a possible accident? More...

Don't miss:

  1. He loses 16 relatives in Mangalore plane crash...
  2. Air India "adjusts" extra passengers in cockpit and toilets!!!
  3. Air India pilots fall asleep and miss destination!!!
  4. Pilots in India, and the alcohol problem...
  5. Air India, the bankrupt maharajah...
  6. Indian worker hides in plane toilet ... to fly back to India!!!
  7. India: confused pilot mistakes cricket pitch for landing pad!!!

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