Need for a flight recorder laboratory, permanent specialist in aeronautical medicine: AAIB | India News

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New Delhi: The Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) suggested building its own capacity in terms of filling vacancies with full-time investigators, having a permanent specialist in aviation medicine and establish a state-of-the-art laboratory for flight recorders.

This is part of the recommendations made by the AAIB in its final investigation report into the fatal crash of an Air India Express Boeing plane at Kozhikode airport in August last year which left 21 people dead. . The report was made public on Saturday.

“It is recommended that the AAIB set up a state-of-the-art flight recorder laboratory (DFDR and CVR) with the necessary hardware and software to perform the readout and analysis (including analysis spectrum). Literature, hardware and software for all types of aircraft that operate in India, ”says the report, which is over 250 pages long.

DFDR is a digital flight data recorder and CVR is a cockpit voice recorder.

“It is recommended that the AAIB can take the necessary steps to ensure that existing investigator positions are filled with permanent full-time investigators and that additional positions are created to meet the growth of aviation in India, ”the report notes.

According to the report, it is recommended that the AAIB be able to have a permanent aerospace / aviation medicine specialist as one of the investigators to participate in aircraft crash investigations as well as assist the “Go Team” as one of the investigators. as an expert in human factors “.

One official said the AAIB is working with fewer investigators and needs to be strengthened.

The two pilots who died in the crash, which occurred on a rainy day at Kozhikode Airport in Kerala on August 7, were Deepak V Sathe and Akhilesh Kumar.

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