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Air India Express flight crash wasn't accident, it was murder, says air safety expert

Air safety expert Captain Mohan Ranganathan had written a letter to the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council nearly a decade ago pointing out how Runway 10 of the Karipur airport is risky for landing during rains. He had warned that “all flights that land on Runway 10 in tailwind conditions in rain are endangering the lives of all onboard”.

August 08, 2020 / 05:27 PM IST

Air safety expert Captain Mohan Ranganathan, who is a member of the Civil Aviation Ministry’s Safety Advisory Committee, has said the Kozhikode Air India Express flight crash was not an accident, it was a murder.

Stating that he had submitted a report warning that the Karipur Airport is not safe for landings nine years ago, the air safety expert has claimed that the warnings were ignored.

Adding that the mishap could have been avoided, he said: “The warnings were ignored... in my opinion, it is not an accident but a murder. Their own audits have had flagged safety issues.”

Eighteen lives were lost in the August 7 Air India flight crash after it overshot the runway and plunged into a deep gorge before breaking into two.

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A Hindustan Times report quoted him as saying Patna and Jammu airports could witness similar accidents too if appropriate steps are not taken. He said both of these are dangerous airfields and do not have adequate safety features.

As per the report, Ranganathan also said tabletop runways, such as the Calicut airport, have space limitation and hence require enhanced safety features. These airports typically end in deep gorges, which means, the chances of an aircraft averting an accident is bleak to none if it overruns.

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He said he had written a letter to the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) nearly a decade ago to point out how runway 10 of the Kozhikode airport is risky for landing during rains. He had written in his report that “all flights that land on Runway 10 in tailwind conditions in rain are endangering the lives of all onboard”.

He had also pointed out that the Calicut Airport lacked the minimum Runway End Safety Area and its runway strip is just half the minimum width mandated by ICAO.
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first published: Aug 8, 2020 05:27 pm

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