Government to appoint Committee of Inquiry into Faridabad air crash

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, May 26, 2011

The Government today said it would appoint a Committee of Inquiry to investigate and determine the causes and contributory factors that led to the crash of a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft at Faridabad near here yesterday, resulting in the death of 10 people.

Those killed included all seven aboard the nine-seater aircraft, being used as an air ambulance, and three people on the ground. Three others on the ground were injured in the incident.

The aircraft, belonging to Air Ambulance Services (P) Ltd, a non-scheduled operation permit (NSOP) holder, was transporting a seriously ill patient, a 20-year-old man, from a hospital in Patna to the Apollo Hospital in Delhi.

It crashed around 2245 hours while on the approach to landing at Delhi, in a residential area of Faridabad, about 16 nautical miles from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.

Apart from the patient, those on board included the pilot, the co-pilot, two doctors and two attendants.

The commander of the single-engined aircraft had reported to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) that he had run into rough weather.

An official press release said a team from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), headed by the Joint Director General, had rushed to the site for rescue and relief operations.

Another team led by the Deputy Director (Air Safety) had been asked to visit the site for collection of detailed facts. A preliminary report had been received in the Ministry.

The Committee of Inquiry will make recommendations in order to prevent such accidents in the future, the release said.

A working group has been set up to review existing safety regulatory frame work of general aviation, NSOP holders and air ambulance operations, the release added.