Fall­out of Ghatkopar crash: Firm loses DGCA nod to re­pair air­craft

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Mum­bai: Af­ter five peo­ple were killed in a plane crash in Ghatkopar this June, the In­dian civil avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor un­der­took an au­dit of In­damer Avi­a­tion Pvt Ltd, the com­pany that had car­ried out re­pairs and main­te­nance of the ill-fated air­craft.

Cit­ing a list of mal­prac­tices that the au­dit un­earthed, the reg­u­la­tor has now or­dered sus­pen­sion of air­craft main­te­nance and re­pair work car­ried out by In­damer at its Ahmed­abad base, and par­tially cur­tailed the work it un­der­takes at its Mum­bai base.

The au­dit find­ings do not per­tain to the June 28 King Air C-90 Ghatkopar crash.

But soon af­ter the crash, on July 2, the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion is­sued an or­der to au­dit In­damer, and the eight-day in­spec­tion car­ried out in July and Septem­ber cov­ered the work it un­der­took on other air­craft parked at its bases in Mum­bai, Ahmed­abad and Pune.

“Ev­i­dence of air­craft be­ing re­leased for flights with­out record­ing or rec­ti­fy­ing known de­fects were found,” said the let­ter sent re­cently by Pawan Ku­mar, direc­tor of air­wor­thi­ness, DGCA, to In­damer. It listed 11 au­dit find­ings of a “sig­nif­i­cant” na­ture.

“As a sam­ple, 19 cases of non-record­ing of de­fects en­coun­tered by main­te­nance/ op­er­a­tional per­son­nel were ev­i­denced,” it said.

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