New Delhi: A high-level committee overseeing the implementation of the recommendations made in the detailed investigation report on last year’s plane crash at the Kozhikode airport held its first meeting on Friday. According to an official statement, the nine-member committee has also been asked to look into the status of implementation of the recommendations made after the Mangaluru air crash investigation to make any further recommendations for the safety of operations.
The committee, headed by Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola, was set up after the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) submitted its investigation report on the Kozhikode accident earlier this month. A source said the first meeting of the committee was held in the national capital on Friday.
Specific details about the meeting were not immediately known. The next meeting of the committee is likely to be held in early October. At least 43 safety recommendations were made by the AAIB in the Kozhikode accident investigation report. This report was made public on 11 September.
According to the AAIB report, the accident at Kozhikode airport on August 7, 2020, was similar to the Mangaluru accident on May 22, 2010. A total of 158 people lost their lives in the Mangaluru accident.
An Air India Express flight coming from Dubai to Kozhikode had crashed, killing 21 passengers, including two pilots, and injuring several others. The committee is examining the recommendations made in the plane crash investigation report and will decide on the “implementation and action plan”.
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