'Do Not Speculate Causes that Led to Crash' - AI Tells Media


'Do Not Speculate Causes that Led to Crash' - AI Tells Media

Mangalore, May 23 (IANS) Air India Sunday asserted that the pilot and co-pilot of its Boeing 737 aircraft which crashed and killed 158 people, including the two pilots and four crew members, Saturday here were experienced and well-rested.

"No, both were well-rested," Air India chairman and managing director Arvind Jadhav said in response to a question on whether pilot fatigue caused the crash, one of the worst aviation disasters in the country in a decade.

Flight commander Z. Glusica, a British national of Serbian origin, and co-pilot H.S. Ahluwalia had three-and-a-half days of rest prior to flying the Boeing 737, flight IX 812, from Dubai to Mangalore, Jadhav told a press conference here.





Jadhav said Glusica had 19 landings in Mangalore and had over 9,000 hours of flying experience while Ahluwalia had over 3,700 hours of flying experience.

"I cannot ask for a better pilot than Ahluwalia," the Air India head said, adding he was due for commandership in one month.

On Mangalore airport being a difficult one for landing, Jadhav said Indian Airlines, which has now merged with Air India, had been operating the flights from the airport for the last 15 to 20 years. Also Mangalore was not the only airport on Western Ghats; there were Goa and Kozhikode airports too.

He denied any norms of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) were violated by either Air India or the pilots of the crashed aircraft. There are strict DGCA norms of flying for airports like Mangalore and these were followed, Jadhav said.

He said Air India would give Rs.10 lakh each to the families of those aged 12 years and above killed in the crash, and Rs.5 lakh to those below 12. This is an interim monetary relief pending the finalisation of full compensation, he said.

He also said that Rs.200,000 will be given to each injured in the crash.

"This (the compensation) is over and above the ex gratia relief announced by Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh)," Jadhav said.

He said the interim relief was decided after Air India held talks with an insurance company. "Finalising the rest of the compensation will take time and that compensation will be adjusted with the interim compensation," he noted.

The Air India chief managing director said that any dispute related to claiming of the compensation will be settled with the local administration.

Jadhav appealed to the media to observe restraint and not speculate about the causes that led to the IX 812 to crash.

"Speculations will hinder (the compensation process). It will have international ramifications. This is a tragic incident," he said.

Asked about the initial probe report if any, Jadhav said he was here to attend to the families of the victims and ensure they get proper response from the airline.

"I have interacted with the injured. We have a response team and they will act as counsellors. My heart goes out to them (families of the victims)," he added.

Jadhav profusely thanked people of the villages near the crash site for rushing to help in the rescue operation. Air India has a very small staff of 10 or 12 people in Mangalore. "We are overwhelmed by the people's response. Young doctors, students, NGOs all came forward to help," he noted.

Jadhav said counselling centres were being set up at all offices of Air India Express as the staff too needed help to get over the shock and trauma from the tragedy.

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  • Gregory Michael, Kankanady,Dubai

    Tue, May 25 2010

    When we all know that the bajpe airport is not safe,why travel to bajpe,our lives are more important than landing in bajpe.think twice before its too late.

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  • shafi, managalore

    Tue, May 25 2010

    Hats off to the prompt service of Pilots till the end moment. India is a country where people are forced to work with limited resources. AI trained landing at such a difficult scenario and publicise that AI pilot had very long experience of landing at Managalore Airport. Can't we stop blaming the human error and begin correcting the systems failure. Why system is not taking any accountability?

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  • Olivia Moras, Puttur, Kuppepadau / Toronto

    Mon, May 24 2010

    Mr.R Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai is right. Can we please consider what Ms. Rehna has said here regarding Runway location. Can some one do some research on this & let us know please. Thank you.

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  • Wilson, Mangalore

    Mon, May 24 2010

    It is really heartening to see people from all walks of life working hand in hand at the accident site irrespective of cast creed or religion. How beautiful Mangalore, the country and the rest of the world would be if the same approach would be applied towards people who are alive and suffering from various problems around us. Let us all draw a lesson from this incident and give a deaf ear to all antisocial elements in the country who seek to divide the community based on religion and beliefs. Death,this world, heaven and hell is common to all.

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  • susheela Rodrigues/Albuquerque, Mangalore/Rome, Italy

    Mon, May 24 2010

    Life is short, that is what this plane crash has reminded us. At this point there is no point in pointing fingers at anyone or anything (runway).On the present runway itself there have been so many, I repeat so so many flights that have landed and taken off. There also have been so many important and unimportant people too flying in them. It does not matter who you are and what your status is, the fact remains that their time had come and it ended in a plane crash.

    As for me, I know not a single person neither the survivors nor the deceased, but the thought of loosing so many lives and such an tradegy makes me feel that they all belong to us in somewhere or the other. We should only pray and console the families who have lost their loved ones. Hats off the the excellent support of the public who have helped in every little way they could in finding the bodies, which made the work of the others easy and gave life to the survivors. And the lives which are lost, may they rest in peace......

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  • Vijay Udupi, Udupi/Muscat

    Mon, May 24 2010

    Can’t say, someone’s mobile call might have behind this whole saga !. Because most of us have a good habit of using mobiles, particularly in flight, hospitals where they are strictly prohibited to use ! we are used to it !!

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  • EDWARD, MANGALORE

    Mon, May 24 2010

    OUR SINCERE & HEARTFUL CONDOLENCE FOR ALL THOSE DECEASED IN THIS TRAGIC INCIDENT. MAY GOD REST THEM ALL IN PEACE & GIVE COURAGE TO THE EFFECTED FAMILY MEMBERS. REGARDING BAJPE AIRPORT, IT IS STILL NOT UPTO CALL AN INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC AIRPORT. IT IS ONE OF THE POOREST IN INDIA. I DON'T NO WHO GAVE APPROVAL FOR THIS.

    AS FAR I KNOW IT WAS AN ARODROME, A SMALL. THE GEOGRAPHICAL CONDITION IS ALSO VERY TYPICAL. WE NEED VERY NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH VERY BIG RUNWAY. SINCE MANY EXPERTS SAYS THAT TO LAND AT MANGALORE TABLE-TOP AIRPORT, ONE EXPERIENCED PILOT CAN ONLY DO THAT, THAT MEANS ALL WHO ARE LANDING AT THIS AIRPORT ARE NOT 100% SAFE. HUMAN ERRORS CAN HAPPEN, IF A FLIGHT IS OVERSHOOTING AT THIS AIRPORT, THEN THERE IS NO ENOUGH SPACE TO TAKE OFF AGAIN SAFELY DUE TO DEEP CLIFF. DO WE NEED LIKE THIS AIRPORT? CAN CENTRAL GOVT-STATE GOVT WAKEUP NOW & PLAN FOR A NEW AIRPORT AT PLAIN AREA. LOOSING 158 LIVES IS NOT A JOKE, LIFE IS PRESIOUS. SMALL STATE LIKE KERALA HAVE 4/5 INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS... IN OUR STATES???

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  • HARRY HENRY DSOUZA, URWA MANGALORE DOHA

    Mon, May 24 2010

    IT IS SAD TO HEAR AND WRITE ABOUT THE PILOTS AND THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY OR ANY ONE WHOM SO EVER CONCERNED ABOUT THE BAJPE AIRPORT AS IT IS BEING FUNCTIONED FOR SUCH A LONG TIME WIHT A SHORTER RUNWAY SO LETS ALL FELLOW CITIZENS STOP THE BLAME GAME TO ANY ONE NEITHER THE PILOTS NOR ANY ONE DIDNT DO IT IN PURPOSE TO LOOSE THEIR LIVES OR THE PASSENGERS ITS TIME FOR US TO PRAY FOR THE DEPARTED SOULS AND GIVE OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES IT WAS AN ACCIDENT LETS ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND BEING GOOD INDIANS STOP THE BLAME GAME ON ANY ONE THE AVIATION MINISTER MR PRAFUL PATEL AND MR VEERAPPA MOILY MR S.M.KRISHNA MR OSCAR FERNANADES MR CM YEDURAPPA AND ALL CONCERNED MINISTERS AND MP AND ALL CONCRENED AND THE ADMINISTRATION PEOPLE HAVE RESPONDED POSITIVELY AND LAST NOT THE LEAST THE VILLAGERS THEY HAVE DONE A HEROIC JOB
    IN HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED THIS THE HOUR OF NEED FOR THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THE ADMINISTRATION STAFF WE ALL SHOULD STAND BY THEM AT THE TIME OF CRISIS.

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  • R Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, May 23 2010

    If Rehna's statement is true that the planned safe runway was relocated to accommodate a politician convenience this news need futher investigation. Because we have already lost 158 innocent life. Any one having knowledge about Rehna's claim are requested to come out with the information.

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  • Rehna, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, May 23 2010

    No use for Blaming the pilot only. The run way has to be blamed too. As per the plans the run way was supposed to be from Sunkhadakatte. It was an ideal place. But the plans were shelved as the congress MLA B.A Moideen house is in that area. Because of his political influence the run way was cancelled. It was an ideal place as in even in emergency there was no chance of plane skidding down. Instead thw Air port Authority should accquire this land and construct a New Run Way instead of wasting more money on extending the 2ndrunway

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  • Jerry Moras , Canada

    Sun, May 23 2010

    Mr.Arvind Jadhav, if there was no human error (pilot error) there should be technical error for which AI should be held resonsible.It is important to Speculate Causes that Led to Crash and held accountable and resonsiple for for all 158 lives. I'm surprised why AI hired Serbian pilots.... We do not need to cover up. Black box will reveal real story.

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  • mohammad hameed, mangalore/riyadh

    Sun, May 23 2010

    Please stop to blaming the pilots and find out really what heppend there.that runway not safety in future also, I am requesting to all th passengers to please boycott bajpe airport until they make new airport.this is only the solution.

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  • una, AbuDhabi/india

    Sun, May 23 2010

    It is sad that we are targeting on the pilots.They have not lived to tell us of what really happened.They would have tried their best to save the lives of the hundreds of people in whose hands they were,but God's ways are different and they all had to go without a GOOD_BYe.Let us pray for all their souls.The pilots too have their families so please stop blaming them

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  • Ajith Vasu, Mangalore

    Sun, May 23 2010

    Does the Airport authority of India need to sacrifice the lives of 158 people to wake up and now think of implementing safety measures on par with global standards.
    They should have the intelligence to anticipate such incidents and plan accordingly to prevent such things.
    It’s really pathetic that we need to learn and implement corrective measures at the cost of others lives. There should not have been any compromise in quality and safety at any cost even though the project had to be completed within the dead line.
    We can wait for a few days or months or even years, but not to play with the lives of people.
    Let us all irrespective of our religion and region, pray for the departed souls and stand by their family at this time of crisis.


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