Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baripada, Jun 4:
A 40-member team of Indian Air Force (IAF) continued its investigation into yesterday’s crash of the Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft (A 3492) in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district for the second day today.
The Black Box, cockpit data recorder (CDR) and flight data recorder (FDR) have been found at the crash site and these are supposed to aid the investigation immensely.
“A special 40-member team led by Wing Commander Naveen Rana has arrived from Delhi to conduct the investigations. Four-five teams of technical experts are already there on the site examining the wreckage. Another team of technical experts is expected to join them soon,” said Northern Range IG Asit Panigrahi.
“The investigations will continue for two more days after the arrival of the new expert team. We will get to know the exact reason of the crash only when IAF completes its investigation and submits the report. The crash site has been cordoned off and a large contingent of policemen has been deployed to keep the crowd of hundreds of curious onlookers at bay,” Panigrahi said.
The investigation teams are exploring the wreckage of the plane to understand the conditions under which the plane crashed and if there were any pilot errors. It is also trying to ascertain, among other things, if the fire caused the crash or the crash caused the fire.
So far, mechanical failure is believed to be the reason for the crash. One of the villagers claimed witnessing smoke coming out of the place even before it crashed on the ground.
The aircraft had taken off from the Kaleikunda airbase of IAF in neighbouring West Bengal along with two other aircraft on a training sortie yesterday and had crashed near Bisoi in Mayurbhanj.
Both pilots managed to eject themselves, even though one of them sustained injuries on his face. They were transferred to Air Force Hospital in Kaleikunda after receiving first aid at the local hospital.