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Jun 04, 2010 at 09:47am IST

Civil aviation safety council set up under DGCA

New Delhi: In the aftermath of the Mangalore air crash, a separate Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council has been set up to handle air crashes. But ironically the council doesn't have anyone from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) or pilot in it. Instead it has CEOs of aviation companies. Apart from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Dr Nasim Zaidi, the panel includes: Air India Chairman Arvind Jadav, Spicejet CEO Sanjay Aggarwal, managing editor of Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, Kapil Kaul.

The Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel says the panel will be effective.

''This council will meet regularly. In the first 3 months, it will meet every month. There are groups which have been set up and they will also give their recommendations.” said Patel.

But the truth is that the suggestions made by it will be for the DGCA by DGCA members themselves. The civil aviation authority is already under flak over safety norms. The lack of an independent head for the council is being looked at with apprehension.

The government has also decided to give more powers to the DGCA.

"As far as the working of the DGCA is concerned, I can assure you that they have the fullest autonomy and will continue to have the fullest autonomy," said Patel.

The government meanwhile has also appointed a separate Court of Inquiry to probe the Mangalore air crash. A retired Air Marshall will head the probe. The court has to submit its report by the August 31.

(With inputs from Karma Paljor)

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