Inadequate maintenance, infrastructure problems including ill-equipped offshore helidecks, lax regulation and lack of proper crew training at operators such as state-run Pawan Hans Helicopters bog down chopper operations in India.
The issues have been brought to the fore again by the weekend’s helicopter crash. The aircraft, belonging to Oil & Natural Gas Corp and operated by Pawan Hans, crashed 30 nautical miles off Mumbai’s coast, killing five ONGC officials and two crew members on board.
While the final jury is out on the incident, sources ET spoke to primarily blamed poor maintenance of aircraft for such accidents.
“This aircraft which crashed had just returned from routine inspection and was doing its first revenue flight,” said a person in the know.
The pilot was experienced and the plane was new, made in 2010 and with just 7,000 hours of flying, he said. That would evidently leave poor maintenance as the reason, he added. Read More…
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