Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Murbad copter crash: Panel seeks action against in-range aircraft

Days after five people died in a helicopter crash in Murbad, an advisory panel has recently asked the aviation regulator to take action against airlines whose aircraft were in close range of the ill-fated copter that crashed on September 29.

When an aircraft meets with an accident, it transmits a signal of the emergency situation.

Subsequently, all aircraft flying within that certain range also catch this distress signal which is sent out through the ‘Emergency Locator Transmitter’ system.

dna reported on Friday how a Jet Airways passenger aircraft had informed the Mumbai Air Traffic Control informing that the ill-fated helicopter was trying to get in touch with them.

The panel, Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council, has contended that the other aircraft which, at that point of time, had been flying within that air range, would have been aware of the tragedy as the emergency system would have been alerted. It is this logic that the advisory panel has put up to the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation. It has raised the question as to why the other aircraft did not monitor and alert the air traffic control — something that they are, as per rule, supposed to do.

According to Mohan Ranganathan of Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council, which had been set up set up after the Mangalore air crash; the pilots of all airlines are required to monitor 121.5 MHz on the standby set.

“This is a very serious operational issue and points to complete lack of professionalism and safety awareness of pilots,” said Ranganathan.

He said that if the Emergency Locator Transmitter signals had been activated, every aircraft in the vicinity should have picked up the signal. “Why then did not the pilots not check the frequency and if they did, why did they not inform traffic control,” said Ranganathan.

The emergency alert signal, also known as Distress Radio Beacon in aviation jargon, sends out signals in case.

Technical snag delays Dreamliner

An Air India Dreamliner flight from Chennai to Delhi was delayed by about seven hours on Monday after it developed a technical snag. According to sources, the aircraft, which was supposed to take off at 10.40 am, finally departed around 6pm.

Original article:   http://www.dnaindia.com

Bell 212,  United Helicharters (UHPL),  VT-HGC, Accident occurred September 29, 2013 in  Murbad, Thane, Maharashtra,  India

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