Cockpit voice recorder data to be revealed at next sitting

The next sitting would be held for four days from September six, Retired Air Marshal Neelakanta S Gokhale, heading the five-member central inquiry team told reporters after winding up the three-day probe here.

The details of the data decoded from the Black Box and Flight Despatch Recorder of the Dubai-Mangalore Air India Express IX 812 would also be made known at the next sitting.

At today's hearing, District Crime Branch Inspector Venkatesh Prasanna deposing before the team, said two passengers, who travelled by the Air India Express, had fake passports.

He also informed them that one of the passenger Arunkumar Shetty had called his brother Kirankumar Shetty, about 30 minutes before the aircraft landed, and informed him that he would be in Bajpe airport in another half an hour.

The police official wondered how the passenger was allowed to make a call while the aircraft was still airborne.

Some of those who attended the hearing expressed doubts whether the Pilot Capt Z Glusica complied with the ATC instructions.

It has been learnt that co-pilot H S Ahluwalia had asked the pilot to control the aircraft and go around minutes before it shot off the tabletop runway and plunged into the Kunjaru hills ravines killing 158 people including crew members.

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