ONGC approaches Rotary Wing Society to probe Pawan Hans chopper crash

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the state-owned biggest oil exploration company, has approached the Rotary Wing Society of India (RWSI) for the in-depth probe of the Mumbai Chopper crash in the Arabian Sea, where seven personnel were killed on board.

On the issue of the probe, an ONGC official said, “While the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing the reasons for the accident, we wanted to ascertain if the talks of poor maintenance at Pawan Hans could be a factor.”

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also started their probe in this incident, while it could be noted that non-adherence to procedures, Improper maintenance and non-compliance of safety regulations by the operator; are some of the principal findings of DGCA’s probes in previous incidents of accidents of Pawan Hans Helicopters.

The RWSI is a non-profit organization, referred as a professional body that specializes in all sorts of helicopters, including civil, as well as, military. This organization is affiliated with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) and is now headed by K. Sridharan, the former Air Vice Marshall.

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