MUMBAI: The Air India Express Calicut accident website was not secured and evidence might have been displaced, tampered with and destroyed, stated Capt Amit Singh, an air security skilled, in a letter despatched to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) this week. He primarily based his remark on images and movies shot by the media on the crash website, about three hours after the accident.
On August 7, an AIX aircraft from Dubai overshot the Calicut runway on touchdown and dropped off the table-top runway, killing 18 folks, together with each the pilots.
The video confirmed an individual wearing army fatigues positioned exterior the plane cockpit. He factors to one thing contained in the cockpit, whereas one other individual, who’s contained in the cockpit, arms over what seems to be a doc, to the individual exterior, who in flip, arms over the doc to a 3rd individual, stated the letter, despatched to the MoCA secretary, in search of a probe into the matter. “It might be a key evidence. A judicial probe must be initiated to carry out an unbiased investigation,’’ said Capt Singh.
Speaking to TOI, Capt Singh said that he spoke to the media channels concerned and found out that the said clip was shot at 10.37pm, about three hours after the crash. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) team reached Calicut only at 5am the next day.
The photographs “undoubtedly capture a scene of alleged tampering and destruction of evidence from the aircraft cockpit”, he stated . If certainly that’s what has occurred, then the act, thought-about felony in nature, is punishable below the Indian Penal Code, he stated.
The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) procedures handbook 2012 particulars the process for securing evidence on website (4.1.4). It says that the officer in-charge of the aerodrome closest to the location of accident shall help in coordination with native police authorities and shall take all affordable measures to guard the evidence till the arrival of the officer of AAIB or another authorised individual. It provides that the help of civil authorities, notably that of native police, can also be crucial to make sure that very important evidence shouldn’t be misplaced.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Doc. 9756 Part II states that “securing the occurrence site, aircraft, wreckage and other equipment involved to ensure their preservation, including protection against further damage, and the deterioration or disappearance of essential evidence due to theft, displacement or improper handling of the wreckage” ought to be completed immediately.