SARAS CRASH REPORT: Pratt & Whitney Partially To Blame, NAL & IAF Messed Up Too

The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has published its final investigation report into the March 6, 2009 crash of the second Saras prototype (photo). The comprehensive 75-page report has come out with highly damning findings not just about Pratt & Whitney's inexplicable failure to convey enough about the engine to the aircraft's maker, the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL), but has also indicted faulty procedures at NAL and the IAF's Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE), serious controllability issues of the platform itself and several other lapses on virtually every front. Disturbing read.

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