Monthly Archives: May 2011

Faridabad Air Ambulance Crash: DGCA, the real culprit

By Jacob K Philip Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s aviation regulatory body alone is responsible for the Wednesday night’s small aircraft crash at Faridabad near Delhi that Killed all 7 people on board and 3 on ground. It was by violating its own regulations that DGCA had granted permission to the single engine […]

Mangalore Crash: An Inquiry That Ends with Photoshopping the Truth

Air India Express flight 812: An investigation gone hauntingly wrong-V By Jacob K Philip Because it was mandatory to reconstruct the shape of the aircraft with remains of the wreckage, the Court of Inquiry (CoI) appointed by the Govt of India to investigate the crash of Air India Express flight-812 too had attempted it with […]

An investigation built upon gravest of violations

Air India Express flight 812: An investigation gone hauntingly wrong-IV By Jacob K Philip The sole objective of an aircraft accident or incident investigation is the prevention of future accidents and incidents and not to apportion blame or liability. The emphasis of an aircraft accident or incident investigation is on remedial actions. An aircraft accident […]

A case that was settled eight months before the verdict

Air India Express flight 812: An investigation gone hauntingly wrong-III By Jacob K Philip It was three months after the Air India Express crash that killed 158 people that the Court of Inquiry (CoI) appointed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation interviewed the survivors of the crash. They were questioned during the first public hearing […]

When evidence reached scrap metal shops

Air India Express flight 812: An investigation gone hauntingly wrong-II By Jacob K Philip When Air India’s Jumbo Jet Emperor Kanishka exploded mid-flight and got scattered in Atlantic near Ireland cost on June 23, 1985, the investigators had a gigantic task at hand. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Canada organised dives in excess of […]

Air India Express flight 812: An investigation gone hauntingly wrong

By Jacob K Philip On 22nd of this month, it will be one year after the tragic crash of Air India Express IX-812 at Mangalore that killed 158 people. It seems the last major news break related to the accident was duly celebrated by the media with the submission of the investigation report by the […]

The curious case of the air crash in Luguthang

By Jacob K Philip In a few days the media is bound to leave totally behind the sad and untimely death of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Mnister Dorjee Khandu in the treacherous heights of Luguthang, a sleepy, remote village in his own constituency. Just like it was for Andhrapradesh’s YSR tragedy.Till another crash involving another VVIP, or […]