Deadly Air India Express crash blamed on human error

Deadly plane crash blamed on human error
The plane reportedly overshot the runway upon landing amid heavy rain. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Indian investigators say that the Pilot’s error and failure to follow safety rules probably led to the crash of a passenger plane in August last year.

The Air India Express plane with 190 people on board crashed at the Calicut airport in Kerala. The incident cost 21 lives and seventy-five passengers were seriously injured.

The plane was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis. It had flown from Dubai and skidded off the runway while landing in rain and broke in two after landing.

Both of the pilots died in the plane crash.

The Boeing 737 crashed as it attempted to land for a second time. Pilots aborted the first attempt of landing because of the heavy monsoon-season rainfall lashing the southern state of Kerala.

There were several “violations” of operation procedures before the plane’s landing by the pilot, India’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau report said.

The errors include failure to “quickly calculate accurate landing data in adverse weather conditions”, as well as not carrying out “adequate briefing” for landing with tailwinds in rain and poor visibility, contributed to the crash.

The 257-page report said that a non-functioning windshield wiper had also impaired visibility.

According to the report, the pilot also “did not make the mandatory announcement for the cabin crew to be seated on the first approach for landing… This is a very serious omission and compromises cabin crew”.

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