1. Maintenance lapse caused fire in IndiGo flight last year: DGCA

Maintenance lapse caused fire in IndiGo flight last year: DGCA

The fire in an IndiGo aircraft at Kathmandu airport last year was due to "over tightening" of hose pipe at the time of maintenance work, according to DGCA probe report, which also indicated that crew did not have adequate training to deal with emergency situations.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 20, 2015 8:12 PM
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The fire in an IndiGo aircraft at Kathmandu airport last year was due to “over tightening” of hose pipe at the time of maintenance work, according to DGCA probe report, which also indicated that crew did not have adequate training to deal with emergency situations. (Reuters)

The fire in an IndiGo aircraft at Kathmandu airport last year was due to “over tightening” of hose pipe at the time of maintenance work, according to DGCA probe report, which also indicated that crew did not have adequate training to deal with emergency situations.

Except for small cuts and bruises, there was no injury to any of the 182 persons on board, including six crew members, when the right main landing gear caught fire in IndiGo’s Airbus A320 aircraft during parking at Kathamandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport after it had landed from New Delhi on March 8, 2014.

“As the operating hydraulic pressure is very high, the scratches/metal gauging marks in the connector plug/sleeve gave way to the hydraulic fluid.

“After the hydraulic fluid came in contact with hot brakes smoke was generated and subsequently fire. The scratches/metal Gauging marks in the inter diameter of QAD connector had probably occurred due over torque (over tightening) during maintenance,” Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in its detailed 30-page final investigation report into the incident.

Surprisingly, the inquiry officer had completed its report in July but the DGCA, the aviation regulator, has made it public only now, few weeks after the airline got listed on the bourses.

Suggesting measures to ensure safety of the flight, the probe report said that IndiGo should make sure that the pilot in command adheres to standard operating procedure in case of emergency evacuation and not influence the cabin crew during evacuation process.

IndiGo procedures for arming/disarming the doors should be “inline with the Airbus/aviation operators within the country”, it added.

According to the investigation report, at the time of the incident the captain had instructed cabin in-charge to evacuate immediately and then instructed evacuation from right side of the plane.

“This was not as per Airbus/company approved operating procedures,” the report said.

Another recommendation is that IndiGo should ensure that its cabin crew is adequately trained to deal with crowd control in emergency evacuations.

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    M.Altius
    Jul 15, 2016 at 2:07 am
    The IndiGo spokesperson is not telling the complete story. Per DGCA's reply to the RTI application, two IndiGo pilots are guilty of violating the pit regulations specified under AIC (03-97) and three others are guilty of violating the personal wireless electronic device (PED) guidelines in the DGCA Operations Circular No. 5 of 2014.The RTI application included three pictures of IndiGo airline pilots taking pictures of themselves with their family members, inside the pit of a grounded but powered up aircraft. Additionally, it contained two pictures (selfies) of themselves inside the pit of an airborne flight. FAA, EASA, and DGCA regulations prohibit flight crew from using any personal wireless communications device or laptop computer for personal use while at their duty station on the flight deck while the aircraft is being operated unless it is in accordance with approved operational procedures. This prohibition is intended to ensure that non-essential activities do not affect flight deck task management or cause a loss of situational awareness during aircraft operation. The prohibition includes any personal use by the flight crew of these devices, including, but not limited to, talking, texting, bidding for schedules, reading or accessing the Internet. In other words, all personal use is prohibited, whether or not the device is in airplane/offline mode. PEDs have been implicated in several mishaps and accidents all over the world since 2006. In August 2011, a Eurocopter AS350 B2 helicopter from Bethany, Missouri - Mosby, Missouri crashed because it didn't have enough fuel to complete its journey. Investigations found that he pilot was texting before starting the helicopter and during the flight. In August 2014, DGCA suspended the flight crew of Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Brussels when it learned that the flight plunged 5,000 feet over Turkey while its crew was engrossed in some non-essential activities on an IPad. Last year in May 2015, a Cessna 150 aircraft crashed near Watkins, Colorado because the pilot had been taking pictures of himself and his pengers, with a flash.
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