Sack Aviation Watchdog Chief Over Kerala Crash Remarks, Say Pilot Unions

Pilot unions mentioned DGCA chief Arun Kumar’s feedback reveal an “amateurish view” of the Kerala crash

New Delhi:

Two main pilot unions of Air India on Tuesday mentioned DGCA chief Arun Kumar should be instantly changed with an acceptable candidate with substantial data of the aviation sector and operational expertise as his feedback on information channels reveal a complete lack of technical know-how and an “amateurish view” of the Kozhikode airplane crash.

In line with the Indian Business Pilots’ Union (ICPA) and Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG), Mr Kumar mentioned throughout one of many televised interviews that the airplane’s “touchdown was not easy”.

On one other information channel, Mr Kumar acknowledged that the “two fellows are useless…and the touchdown it appears was not acceptable”, in line with a letter collectively written by the 2 unions to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday.

Pilot-in-command Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe, 58, and co-pilot Captain Akhilesh Kumar, 32, had been those working the Air India Specific flight with 190 onboard that overshot the runway and crashed on the Kozhikode airport in Kerala on Friday night time.

Each pilots and 16 different folks on board died within the accident.

Air India Specific is a completely owned subsidiary of Air India. The 2 pilots weren’t a part of both of the 2 aforementioned unions.

The unions famous, “Whether or not a touchdown method is acceptable or a contributory issue to a mishap can solely be ascertained after a radical, proof backed investigation and never by speculative, informal remarks.”

The above remarks of Mr Kumar on information channels solely go to disclose his “whole lack of technical data and amateurish view of the unlucky accident”, the letter famous.

It’s a longtime scientific proven fact that so-called “easy” touchdowns could also be counterproductive in sure adversarial climate situations and should pose a big threat to security, it acknowledged.

Mr Puri, when he visited Kozhikode a day after the accident, instructed reporters that each the pilots had been very skilled and “there may be completely little question over their competence”.

Mr Puri mentioned that Mr Sathe, a former wing commander of the Air Power, was one of many most-experienced commanders with greater than 10,000 flying hours and had landed plane 27 occasions on the Kozhikode airport.

Akhilesh Kumar had a complete flying expertise of 1,723 hours.

The unions requested Mr Puri that “Arun Kumar IAS is instantly changed with an acceptable candidate with substantial aviation data and operational expertise, to serve the nation because the Director Common of Civil Aviation”.

Air India Specific on Tuesday mentioned 74 passengers injured within the airplane crash in Kozhikode have been discharged from hospital after “acquiring full health”.

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