Retired Air Marshal to Head Mangalore Crash Inquiry


Retired Air Marshal to Head Mangalore Crash Inquiry

New Delhi, Jun 3 (PTI): A Court of Inquiry into the Mangalore air crash was set up by the government on Thursday with former Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale, as its head.

The CoI has been asked to complete its investigation and submit the report by August 31, an official spokesperson said here.

The Gokhale inquiry would investigate all aspects of the crash of the Air India Express Boeing 737-800 at the Bajpe Airport on May 22, in which 158 people were killed.

The plane was operating on scheduled flight IX-812 from Dubai to Mangalore when it plunged into a ravine after overshooting the runway on landing.

An official notification said, "Finding it expedient to hold an inquiry into the circumstances of the accident, the government has appointed Air Marshal (Retd) Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale to hold the investigation."

The government also appointed four experts from different fields to assist Gokhale as assessors.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 4 2010

    Now all drama is going on ? What enquiry the Air Marshal will do now after 158 people lost their life ? The dead will come alive or what ? This is all just to fool public. The Pilot is no more and now investigation people are just sitting, talking and waisting their time. In future also nothing will happen. Such crashes will take place and after everything is over, just sit and talk. All rubbish.

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  • ibrahim, mangalore

    Fri, Jun 4 2010

    To Jeet.
    As u told prevention is better then cure. to prevent in future we should know the answer for some simple questions, like, why, how, when, where......
    investigating people do this things.

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  • ayb, mlore

    Fri, Jun 4 2010

    jossy tauro,mangalore/abudhabi you are right whats the use of investigation and wasting money instead they can spend same money for future protection.

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  • Jeet, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Jun 4 2010

    RATHER THAN SPENDING THIS EXTRA MONEY ON THESE INQUIRY BETTER SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF GIVING ALL THE FAMILIES THE COMPENSATION AMOUNT ASAP.
    WHY THIS NONSENSE INQUIRY AFTER EVERYTHING IS OVER&OUT.
    AS SAID PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.
    TRY TO PREVENT THE ACCIDENTS WHICH COULD BE CAUSED BY ONE MANS FAULT FOR WHICH N NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE TO PUT THEIR LIVES AT RISK.....
    I THINK THIS INQUIRY WILL TAKE ATLEAST 5 YEARS......

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  • Danny, Santankatte

    Fri, Jun 4 2010

    Friends read this,,,another adventure of AI Express, This was not posted in Daijiword
    ''MUMBAI: It was disaster averted by less than two minutes.

    Initial investigations have revealed that the May 26 Air India Express Dubai-Pune flight IX-212 was less than two minutes away from plunging into the Arabian Sea. It had plummeted dangerously from an altitude of 37,000 feet when its commander was away from the cockpit, in the washroom, leaving the first officer to man the controls. The aircraft's nose was down to a minus-23-degree angle because of which its descent rate increased rapidly and went up to 21,000 feet per minute even as the overspeed warning blared loudly in the cockpit.

    That was the scene the commander walked into after his loo break. A few minutes before that, the Boeing 737 had entered Indian air space and was cruising over the Arabian Sea. The airplane was on autopilot at 37,000 feet when the commander handed it over to the first officer and walked out closing the cockpit door behind him. According to sources, the commander realized something was wrong when he returned from the washroom and did not get any response after he pressed the cockpit's door-unlock button (it sets off a chime inside the cockpit and the pilot sitting inside responds by pushing a button which opens the door). By this time the commander also realized that the aircraft was at an unusual pitch attitude (a pitching movement is nose up-nose down motion of an aircraft and a nose-down pitch

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/USA

    Thu, Jun 3 2010

    Folks,

    Gokhaleji got a contract job for atleast two years, hope and pray he is not a relative of Praful Patelji, like RV Despandeji.

    Jai Hoooooooooooooooo

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  • jossy tauro, mangalore/abudhabi

    Thu, Jun 3 2010

    what is t he use of now investigation afterall poeple dead.. Even anyone found guilty is there any punishment for them? pilot / co plilot dead alsready. hope in future they will take care of it ,

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