'Heavy workload' leads to aircraft near-misses in India

Directorate General of Civil Aviation gave a raft of reasons for air near-misses in the country (Representational photo) Photograph:( Getty )

WION Delhi, India Aug 23, 2016, 08.58 AM (IST) Kartikeya Sharma
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India's regulatory body for civil aviation, has disclosed that heavy workload, negligible pilots and gap in coordination has led to aircraft near-misses in the country. 

The regulatory body, in a reply to a Right to Information query, also pointed out that miscommunication between different departments in air traffic services resulted in close shaves. Under Right to Information, an Indian citizen can obtain information from any government agency within 30 days of filing the query. 

The reply listed more reasons for plane near-misses. DGCA revealed that pilots often did not follow the correct civil aviation procedures. It also noted that pilots sometimes deviated in bad weather conditions without informing the controller.
The government information also put Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) at fault. The first reason it gives is that often inconsistent instructions were given by the trainee controller which was not properly monitored by their instructor.

The disclosures blamed poor radio frequency and limited radar range too.

The ministry of civil aviation also stated that corrective measures are being taken to improve the current situation. 

Some of the changes being implemented are: counselling ATCO and pilots, and better surveillance. The reply also mentioned that implementation of flexible air space can reduce traffic congestion in the air space.
Several governments have had a bad track record when it comes to creation of state-of-the-art infrastructure for managing air traffic.

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