The recent crash of the Air India Express Boeing 737-800 VT-AXV at Mangalore Bajpe airport continues to grab headlines.
Numerous analytical reports can be found in the newspapers both national and regional. With the short-comings in the design of the runway at Mangalore, many reports are questioning the independence of the regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation when it comes to airport operator Airports Authority of India and the airline Air India. Along with the DGCA, the Ministry of Civil Aviation also controls the AAI and Air India.
In a hard hitting interview with the Deccan Herald newspaper Air Marshal Denzil Keelor retired Inspector General in-charge of Inspection and Flight Safety of Indian Air Force who served as Adviser to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Chief Flight Inspector and set up the Flight Inspection department in the DGCA, has slammed the powers that are.
The interview worth a read, can be found here.
Also on the same page is an interview with Air Marshal S Y Savur who was Commander-in-Chief, Southern Air Command and a pilot in the Air Force VIP squadron flying the Boeing 737. The interview focusses on the flying aspects of the ill-fated flight.