New Delhi: It took another plane crash to shake the Directorate General of Civil Aviation from its deep slumber. In order to probe the air ambulance crash in Faridabad on Wednesday, the DGCA has decided to constitute an Accident Investigation Committee (AIC) that would independently probe the cause of the crash that claimed 10 lives including all seven on board.

According to sources, the decision to form a committee, which apart from probing an air crash would also suggest ways to improve flight safety and keep a tab on implementation of suggestions and recommendations by other committees, was taken an year back after the Mangalore crash.

The five member committee led by DGCA Director (Air safety) will have officials from the Aviation Ministry itself, but it will conduct an independent probe.

Until now, the intra-ministerial committees used to probe plane crash, the reports of which lacked credibility. The formation of the AIC is aimed at conducting transparent investigations. Now any legal proceedings would be initiated only after the AIC submits its report.

However, the government can order special probe if required. In that case, the AIC would extend cooperation to the probe team.
Meanwhile, though a DGCA team collected samples from the debris in Faridabad on Thursday, it is unlikely that the exact reason of the crash can be arrived at as the ill-fated plane neither had a black box nor had a system to record the conversation between the pilots.

One of the officials from the team said half of the single-engine plane was totally destroyed and the cockpit has been completely burnt.

In the absence of the black box, the primary investigation will be based on eye-witness accounts as there is no record of what exactly happened 10 minutes after the plane lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC).

Initial investigations suggest that bad weather and technical fault were the main reasons for the crash.

JPN/Bureau