Only 9 of India's 500 helipads safe"Ž : Committee

Ray

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I think this report is basically for civil helipads.

Unless 'proved', helicopters are not allowed to land, except in emergencies.

Tom Dullat, was grounded, because he flew at night to evacuate some Siachen casualties disregarding flying rules. I think he flew at night, if I am not mistaken. Landing by day is tough and he flew at night on his own decision just because if the casualties were not evacuated, they would have died.

He went against the rules and suffered, but even today he is hero amongst those who served out there.
 

W.G.Ewald

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Shockingly, the panel found out that none of the 120 helipads in Arunachal Pradesh have been certified by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

It found that there is no training to deal with crash and rescue work at helipads. The helipads that should be manned by 44 officials hardly get a person each.

...However, the probe committee says, DGCA could not be blamed as it was working with just 25 per cent of its staff capacity. The shortage of staff in the aviation watchdog was having a direct bearing on safety and commercial flying activities in the country.
Lack of funds or of trained personnel?
 

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