AAIB panel to probe Jet Airways plane's gear collapse

New Delhi: A four-member committee under the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) would probe the landing gear collapse of a Jet Airways Boeing 737 plane at the Mumbai airport last month.

As many as 127 passengers on board Jet Airways B737-900 aircraft from Delhi had a narrow escape when its main landing gear collapsed while taxiing after it landed at the Chhtrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on March 3. The committee, headed by AAIB's director of Aircraft Engineering Department Amit Gupta, has been asked to submit its report within the six months, a government notification said.

"In the exercise of the powers conferred by the Rules 11(1) of the Aircraft (Investigation of Accidents and Incidents) Rules, 2012, the Central Government hereby directs that a formal inquiry in the accident be made," the notification said.

AAIB is a dedicated entity under the Civil Aviation Ministry to investigate serious air accidents and incidents. The bureau was carved out of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in 2012. The committee has been mandated to investigate and determine the causes and contributory factors leading to the accident and make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accident in future, it said.

"The Committee will complete its inquiry and submit its report to the Central Government preferably within six months," the notification added.

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