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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Civil Aviation
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.: 1737 (To be answered on the 29th March 2012) Crashing of Helicopter
1737. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of CIVIL AVIATION be pleased to state:-
a) The total number of helicopter crashes and the number of lives lost in such crashes, in the last five years, year-wise;
b) Whether the D.C. Kaushik Committee Report of 2005 on helicopter operations had strongly highlighted the inadequacy of flight inspectors; and
c) If so, the steps taken by Government in this regard?
ANSWER MINISTER OF CIVIL AVIATION (SHRI AJIT SINGH)
(a): Total no. of helicopter crashes in last five years, (from 2007 to 2011) are 15 and number of lives lost are 47. In addition to this in the year 2012 there was 01 helicopter crash which was non-fatal. Year-wise detail of the helicopter crashes was enclosed herewith as Annexure-‘A’.
(b) D.C Kaushik Committee report on helicopter operations has reflected on inadequacy of Flight Operations Inspector since there was only one Flight Operations Inspector (Helicopter) during that period.
(c): A number of Flight Operations Inspectors (Helicopter) on Secondment on different type of helicopters have been inducted in the helicopter Division. At present DGCA has 07 Flight Operations Inspectors (Helicopter) on its strength.
Year-wise details of Helicopter crashes from year 2007 onwards:
No. of Helicopter Crashes
Total No. of Fatalities in Helicopter Crashes
2012 till date