'Indian aviation is safe'

Aviation per se can only be either 100 per cent safe or zero. Aviation is not a game of chance. Any error can lead to what happened in Mangalore. He said the inquiry would establish what led to the crash.

Asked whether the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the US Federal Aviation Administration had downgraded Indian aviation sector’s safety record, he said it was “absolutely wrong. The ICAO and the FAA both have certified that (aviation in) India is 100 per cent safe.”

While disagreeing with the suggestion that the DGCA rules and procedures were “stand alone” and did not match the international norms, Patel said the regulatory body would examine all issues in totality and take necessary decisions.

“Let us not scare people away. These are difficult times but let us not make it an issue where people lose faith in our own system,” he added. Soon after the crash in Mangalore, he said he had chaired a high-level meeting of officials and a Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) was set up to advise the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation on all aspects relating to safety.

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