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IndiGo flight followed a similar flight pattern and landed safely before the ill-fated Air India Express crashed

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An IndiGo AT-72 turboprop landed at Kozhikode airport 01hr45min prior to the ill-fated Air India Express B-737.  The IndiGo ATR followed a similar flight profile befoe landing on the easterly direction runway 10 at the airport. The IndiGo ATR too attempted to land on the westerly runway 28 but discontinued the approach. The reason could be due to poor visibility in rain and/or low clouds obscuring the pilots vision in an attempt to acquire visual references of the landing runway.The second attempt was carried out on the easterly runway 10, same as the Air India Express. At the time of landing, the prevailing visibility in rain was between 1500m-2000m. The instrument landing system which guides the aircraft through electronic ground based transmitter signals to 250 feet above ground requires the visibility of atleast 1300m or more.The IndiGo ATR may have faced less severe weather and the slower turboprop may have been more forgiving. Nevertheless, this pattern can provide some interesti…

Why Air India Express crash investigation should not be handed over to Accident Investigation Board

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The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) which comes under the Civil Aviation Ministry has reportedly been handed over the investigation of the Air India Express IX-1344 which met with an accident on 7th Aug 2020. 
Firstly the fact that AAIB reports to the MoCA is a conflict of interest.

The same AAIB had carried out the investigation of the Ghatkopar accident. The King Air C90A aircraft crashed into a crowded Mumbai suburb, on her test flight after getting airborne. The accident took place on 28th June 2020 in which 5 innocent people lost their life. The investigation report was released in Dec 2019. The probable cause of the accident has been attributed to the flight crew. However after a reading the report, I found several flaws in the report that made me investigate the cause of the crash in greater detail.
I have produced a 35 page technical analysis of the accident which conclusively proves that the investigation was flawed and there was deliberate effort on the part of the…

Storm passing over Calicut when the accident happened.

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Credit @simon_sat

Mangalore Accident recommendation for table top runways ignored. 10 years later another accident. Where does the buck stop?

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The Mangalore accident investigation report recommended the folowing for table top runways like the Calicut runway, almost a 100 feet drop.
Considering the large number of runway excursions leading to hull loss accidents, ideally an arresting system like the Engineering Material Arresting System (EMAS) should be installed on the runway overshoot areas, especially for Table Top airports like Mangalore.

No Human Factor experts, Investigations flawed, Policy maker cluseless about Safety management. This is the Nadir.

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Aviation safety in India is truly at the Nadir with the unfortunate accident of the Air India Express B737 at Calicut on 7th Aug 2020. After 22nd May 2010 when the Air India Express B737 crashed at Mangalore, there was a thorough investigation with numerous recommendations. Unfortunately, a year down the line all was forgotten. 2019 monsoon saw a spate of runway excursions. Instead of determining the root cause, the regulator decided to address the symptom. They cracked the whip and suspended more than 40 pilots. A proud regulator made a statement that cracking the whip worked and there were no SOP violations in December 2019. 
Problem: 1. The policy makers have no understanding of risk analysis and safety management systems. 2. Investigations are flawed and no action is taken on the real culprits. 3. There are no human factor experts to understand why the error passes through all the barriers to end up in an accident. Statement by the regulator. 



Air India Express from Dubai to Calicut runway excursion at Calicut in rain

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