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Table Top Death For 158 Air India Boeing 737 - Passengers.CORRUPTION LED TO DEATH.

Updated on February 18, 2013
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A qualified Textile Post Diploma Graduate and Ex.M D of a Textile Mill.

158 Dead.

European Pressphoto Agency - Courtesy:- Firefighters try to put out the fire on the Air India plane. It overshot the runway while landing in the southern Indian city of Mangalore.
European Pressphoto Agency - Courtesy:- Firefighters try to put out the fire on the Air India plane. It overshot the runway while landing in the southern Indian city of Mangalore.

All Pictures - Courtesy - daijiworld.com

Mangalore Air Port.
Mangalore Air Port.

Error here possible.

Mangalore Air Port.
Mangalore Air Port.

People who can error.

Table Top Air Port built with no margin for error.
Table Top Air Port built with no margin for error.
Waiting to take 158 Air Passengers.
Waiting to take 158 Air Passengers.
Safe Rail travel in South India
Safe Rail travel in South India
Air Port Mangalore Shut Down.
Air Port Mangalore Shut Down.

Waiting to Happen Tragedy.

158 dead in Air Plane Crash on landing with no margin for error.

First time I heard a Table Top Air Port,though we had Table Top Textile Machines but Air Port never heard of such Air Ports that too in India with Pilots going on strike,misbehaving with passengers and crew,going on strike,take off and drink and sleep also.Who built such a air port and how did this airport was operated with no margin for any error human or machine.Is it perfect to say this is 99% safe Air Port.

Mr.Praful Patel offers to resign and the Turban Boy Prime Minister rejects his resignation.What a drama these politicians play to fool us the people of sub chalta hai country.

Who were the technical persons who invented a table top air port like a toy port for air planes such as BOEING 737.Will they be given a national award.

To day the country mourns the 158 persons dead and has our prayers for their souls and our sympathies that can never say in just words.They were holiday makers,they traveled on this flight since no other plane was perhaps unwilling to fly as they knew this dangerous air port.They would be no party to such accidents.Only our Nation a Nation of Corrupt politicians and Bureaucrats can afford to fly planes and Helicopters that can crash and keep such crashes in any other form.People get killed and our Govt says we have to wait for reports from experts.The same experts who made the Table Top Air Port with 99% safe.

Why do we have Govt which does not see the problem of Law and Order but run Hotels to Airports and even does not make a electric shaver head.

De nationalize or Get out of your Posh Bungalows and hand over everything to TATA's and Birlas and others.We can beat the world.No need to Shake hands and Hug our enemy's,Our TATA's & BIRLAs Like Giants who know what to shake and whom to HUG.

An e-mail received on the recrument of foriegn Poilets by our Govt - A shame Indeed,please go through.

Subject: Fwd: EXPAT PILOTS IN INDIA - (DO PLEASE CIRCULATE FAR AND WIDE)


    I RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING WRITE-UP FROM A FORMER AIR FORCE (COMMISSIONING CREW OF AN-12s) / AIR INDIA PILOT, WHO HAD RECEIVED THE SAME FROM HIS FORMER MATE AT
    AIR INDIA !!


    I HAVE DELETED THE NAMES FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.
    FRIGHTENING!

    P.S. I was wondering what that guy (the ex CMD) was doing on every TV channel.

There has been a lot of discussion in the media regarding foreign pilots (also known as “expat pilots”) in the aftermath of the tragic air accident at Mangalore. The Minister of Civil aviation, many bureaucrats, airline officials and even a few journalists have gone to great lengths to explain how experienced foreign pilots hired by Air India and private airlines are essential to the Indian aviation industry. A retired spokesperson of Air India, who has no business to speak on behalf of Air India anymore, has been repeatedly appearing on television to painstakingly explain how important foreign pilots are to the company. Clearly the air disaster at Mangalore with a foreign pilot at the controls has made a lot of powerful people worried .Very worried.


    The point however is not whether foreigners should be allowed in Indian carriers or not. Some of them are highly experienced and respected professionals who have undoubtedly made a huge contribution to the Indian airline industry. This article is not about them. It is about a shady scheme on gargantuan proportions, backed by government policy and a well oiled system that feeds on unimaginable corruption, on a scale that would astonish every innocent fare paying air passenger.


    Air India is a government run Public Sector Undertaking and thus, it is assumed that rules applicable to other government institutions meant to keep corruption under check would apply to it too. The Ministry of Defence, for example has strict rules debarring the involvement of private middlemen or brokers in facilitating defence contracts. Other ministries have strict guidelines on the recruitment of qualified personnel or consultants where a transparent tendering process has to be adhered to.


    In the case of Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express, such rules do not seem to apply at all.
    Some years ago, the ministry of civil aviation that ran erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines, cooked up unrealistic passenger growth projections and placed massive aircraft orders for Air India and Indian Airlines. Private airlines only too eager to float shares to rake in public money and capitalise on the hype jumped in the bandwagon. Overnight, hundreds of vacancies for pilots were created.


    Air India began hiring foreign pilots in 2003.Other reputed companies like Singapore Airlines and various Gulf Airlines such as Emirates, recruit foreign nationals too but with great transparency. Foreign pilots hired by them are a part of the regular workforce and are directly hired, without involving middlemen, on local terms. European airlines do not hire non EU nationals.


    In Air India’s case, no global tenders were floated for foreign recruitment firms and no advertisements in newspapers announcing vacancies for foreign nationals appeared. Bureaucrats and officials in Air India, hand in glove with their counterparts and politicians in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Labour, Home Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs and other agencies hastily cleared the proposal to hire foreign nationals and the policy of recruiting foreign pilots was established. Politicians of opposition parties were roped in and a cosy arrangement was made.


    To bypass opposition from its own employees and to circumvent elaborate transparent recruitment procedures and various laws, a defunct subsidiary, Air India Charters Ltd was revived and used as the vehicle to issue foreigners contracts. Hence the hundreds of foreign pilots in Air India and Air Express are routed through Air India Charters Ltd through recruitment firms and then using a legal loophole, deputed to Air India and Air India Express.


    Private firms comprising middlemen and brokers, with the respectable title of “Aviation Consultants” were approached and many of these, such as Rishworth Aviation, Parc Aviation and scores of others appeared out of the wood work. Overnight, new consulting agencies sprang up, some in murky tax havens like the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.


    All suddenly began to offer “experienced” pilots from all parts of the world. Many of these foreign pilots had and continue to have no clear track record. Some claim to have thousands of hours of flying experience in countries as diverse as Russia and Rwanda. Some of the airlines and countries (such as Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia) that these pilots flew in do not even exist anymore. No background checks are carried out by either Air India or the Indian Government. Strangely the agency of middlemen, or “consultant” supplying the pilots, is entrusted with this task.


    Lucrative contracts were tailor-made to lure foreign pilots in droves.


    Decades of rules meant to harass Indian pilots such as stringent medical standards were waived off by the government for foreign pilots. Air India’s pilots who are Indian nationals, have to undergo a DGCA medical test known as a Class I medical examination and then are again subjected to an elaborate company medical test known as a Pre Employment Medical Examination (PEME).None of these apply to foreign nationals in India.


    For example, an Indian pilot may not be allowed fly an Indian passenger aircraft wearing a pacemaker but a foreigner most probably would because the medical standards in his country allow it. There have been cases where Indian pilots who are permanently medically grounded by Indian authorities get foreign citizenship and foreign licences and return to India to fly planes on “expat” terms. At least two such “foreign” pilots have served Air India on such a contract.


    Infact foreign pilots flying Indian registered aircraft are not even required to have Indian flying licences! All they had to do is produce “proof “of experience and a foreign licence and the DGCA issues a “temporary authorisation”. Such “proof” of experience could be a fake certificate or a fake rubber stamp but nobody carries out a background check.


    A foreign pilot is not legally answerable to the Indian DGCA since he does not have an Indian Licence. The DGCA can neither revoke nor suspend his flying licence. Technically, an Indian Co Pilot involved in a serious air accident may lose his flying licence and his job; whereas the pilot, if he is a foreigner can take the next flight home and start life on a clean slate!


    To prevent the foreign pilots from coming under the ambit of direct taxes in India, the pilots are “officially” based in foreign countries such as Dubai and not given “local” terms of employment. Every month Air India pays the foreign recruitment agencies the salaries of these pilots along with a commission or “consultancy fees” to foreign bank accounts. This is turn trickles back to the various politicians and officials who patronise the system. Not surprisingly, a foreign pilot who recently approached Air India for a job recently was asked to route his application through a recruitment agency!


    As a result ,hundreds of crores of income tax that would have normally gone to the Indian Income Tax Department through TDS had these pilots been based in India, is diverted to foreign bank accounts in foreign countries


    “Liaison officers” and “advisors”, meant to “facilitate” business interests, are regularly appointed by these foreign recruitment agencies to “liaise” with the various ministries and departments. Two of Air India’s senior most executives have retired in the past one year and have joined such firms as “liaison” officers. Another, a retired CMD, continues to show great personal interest in negotiating foreign pilots’ contracts on behalf of recruitment agencies.


    Foreign pilots are provided more leave, sometimes upto ten days in a month – the justification being that they need to go home to be with their families. Indian pilots flying for Air India Express are made to go on postings for fifteen days at a stretch and given one day off at their home base. Ironically these Indian pilots spend three to four days every month with their families and the foreigners (who could be from neighbouring Nepal or Dubai) spend more than a week to ten days every month on holiday.


    Foreigners also get paid a higher salary and are entitled to five star hotel accommodations even when not flying. As a result, hundreds of hotel rooms are booked by Air India at exorbitant rates – a percentage of which presumably flows back to some officials.


    This murky system in Air India of the past seven years has quietly gone unnoticed. As long as flights took off on time and passengers reached their destinations nobody really cared. Unions cried themselves hoarse- only to be drowned in the din of the money power of powerful lobbies and an ill informed media often hesitant to upset a mega industry that generates lucrative advertisement revenue


    The air crash at Mangalore need not have necessarily been caused by an incompetent foreign pilot. This article is not meant to disrespect the majority of foreign pilots in India. But the larger issue of rampant corruption and greed must be addressed immediately. Little wonder that all the officials in the dishonest food chain are now working overtime to cover up the issue. Sadly the one hundred and fifty eight innocent people that have been killed cannot speak for themselves anymore.


    Therefore we, the rest of the nation, must stand up in one voice to demand a CBI enquiry to unravel the mess.


    We cannot afford to wait for another air disaster to prove the politicians, bureaucrats and officials wrong.


    Because the next time a shady foreign pilot from strange country with a dubious qualification or medical history crashes a plane, you and I could actually be on it

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