Ouch! and someone said both pilots walked away from the scene?! No way! Now, HAL should act like a mature supplier and conduct a thorough enquiry & own up its mistakes if any.Bloggers on the previous post have suggested 'pilot error' and 'aggressive flying' as cause of the crash. Sadly that aspect also doesn't absolve the HAL because the previous crash of the ALH was also due to pilot error, hence HAL should have modified the FCS to prevent unorthodox flight manouvers or redrafted the flight operations manual accordingly.
Off course, it has to be HAL's fault!!! How can it be pilot error, that too a foreign pilot. This was an Indian machine and the error has to be by the Indian manufacturer. The IA has been flying this thing in all types of roles and non has crashed after the roter blade problem was fixed.Please don't just blame HAL for everything. Let the enquiry take place and read the report first.
Restricting the flight using flight controls itself can lead to crash. A Boeing aircraft crashed due to the Auto pilot preventing the pilots from taking remedial measure.
Sad to hear that a Dhruv crashed. But happy to hear that the pilots survived.
Yes yes yes...If not the guys who chosen ALH will be hanged upside down.
Its a miracle that anyone walked out of there alive. I guess nobody is considering the fact the machine is well designed or nobody would have walked out of there alive. Especially after watching the video.
I think engine and most of the parts are intact. Optimisticly rebuilding option is on.
Dhruv is excellent machine. If you dont know how to drive the bicycle, it can cause serious problems
OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!1WHEN I HEARD THAT DHRUV CRASHED IN ECUADOR , I FEEL VERY SAID BUT TODAY I'M HAPYY THAT THIS IS A PILOT ERRORS JAI HIND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shiv excellent reporting. Thanks.More than 100+ Dhruvs are active in India but none crashed so far other than single non-casualty one in Bangalore. It has a very very good safety record.
Ecuadorian Air Force Commander is quoted by the local press as saying the Dhruv that crashed in Quito "had 800 flight hours between Quito and Guayaquil at an altitude of 17,000 to 19,000 feet (roughly 5100-5800 metres). That guaranteed its functionality." I have seen the Dhruv's service ceiling given variously as 5990 to 6500 metres. I am not familiar with the Dhruv's operational specifications but it seems to me that routine cruising at altitudes that close to the service ceiling would put undue stress on any helo. Can anyone give an informed opinion please?
Was it a pilot err or was it due to poor training that was given to the pilot?
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