Mumbai: An investigation by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board into the September 2013 helicopter crash in Tukawade, Thane, which killed all five on board, has revealed the accident was caused due to the pilot continuing the flight in very poor visibility conditions with insufficient ground clearance and hitting a hill due to spatial disorientation.The report, prepared in 2014 but made public only earlier this week, also mentions that non-functioning of the weather radar and non-familiarity of the pilot with the terrain along with lack of valid training on the specific type of helicopter, contributed to the accident.A three-member committee headed by R S Passi as chairman, Captain V M Satish Koikal and K Chandra Shekhar as members, investigated the crash. The helicopter, belonging to United Helicharters, was flying from Juhu to Aurangabad when it crashed on September 29, 2013. The deceased included Captain Surendra Bhadoria, co-pilot Alan Martin, additional pilot Anshu Matha, engineer Yatin Wakade and technician Dean D’Souza.The report said that from the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcript, it was clear the crew experienced poor visibility right from the beginning. “The pilot was not familiar with the terrain. The radar was unserviceable. The flight was continued in poor visibility and without adequate terrain clearance. The pilot tried to maintain ground contact, resulting in not having safe ground clearance,” the report read.The report also mentions the early take-off of the helicopter from Juhu had been necessitated by refusal of Aurangabad air traffic controllers to extend watch hours (duty timings) in the morning, thereby indirectly contributing to the accident. The committee also said it appeared that the pilot was under mental compulsion to complete the flight as there was not much flying by the company in the recent past and fulfilling the flying contract from Nagpur for 30 days was important from the commercial point of view.“No action was taken by the crew as per the existing instructions or procedures. The crew did not review the situation, nor did they abandon further flight due to the weather situation. As seen from the CVR readout they were encountering clouds almost from the beginning, the crew displayed undue eagerness to press ahead with the flight as per the flight plan in VFR despite poor visibility. At a distance of 85 kms from Mumbai, the pilot decided to fly on instruments,” the report revealed.
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