Two of the 77 individuals onboard the plane at the moment hospitalised are essential. An order issued by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) director-general Aurobindo Handa on Thursday says the panel ought to ‘ideally’ submit its report inside 5 months.
Handa has appointed Captain S S Chahar, former designated examiner on Boeing 737NG, as investigator-in-charge “to inquire into the circumstances of this accident. He might be assisted by (these) investigators — Ved Prakash, operations skilled; Mukul Bhardwaj, senior plane upkeep engineer on the Boeing 737; Group Captain (Dr) Y S Dahiya, aviation medication skilled and Jasbir Singh Larhga, deputy director AAIB,” the order says.
The investigator-in-charge “might take the help of different consultants/businesses each time required.” The headquarters of the investigation might be in Delhi. The AAIB “needs to research and decide the possible causes and contributory issue(s) resulting in the accident and make suggestions to keep away from recurrence of such accident in future.”
The ill-fated Boeing 737 (VT-AXH) working as AI Express Dubai-Calicut flight IX 1344 had 174 passengers, 10 infants and 6 crew members (two pilots and 4 cabin crew) — in all 190 individuals on board. Eighteen individuals have to this point misplaced their lives on this accident.
An AI Express official stated, “At current 77 individuals who had been onboard this plane are hospitalised and two are essential.” The relaxation, 95 individuals, have been discharged from hospitals.