Aged and idle,4 state aeroplanes,a chopper set to go under hammer

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to auction its four aeroplanes and a Chetak helicopter,which are not in use for the past several years

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: September 4, 2013 3:20 am

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to auction its four aeroplanes and a Chetak helicopter,which are not in use for the past several years.

The state Civil Aviation Department has already short-listed a valuer to assess the value of these aircraft along with their spares and rotables,based on which a reserve price for their auction will be set. The valuation exercise will begin soon after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s office’s approval.

The four aeroplanes set to be auctioned include a Premier-1A,a King Air C-90A,a Super King Air 300 LW and a Beech Bonanza A-36. Sources said that the six-seat Premier-1A is not being used ever since it skidded off the runway at Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi) in September last year while PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav,Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary and four others were on board.

The Premier-1A was purchased in 2008. The incident had caused damage to aircraft’s fans that have been repaired now. While the Director General of Civil Aviation is yet to complete the probe into that incident,the government is going to auction the aircraft.

The King Air C-90A,a five-seat aircraft,has not been in use since 2008 when it failed to take off at Bamrauli airbase in Allahabad.

The nine-seater Super King Air 300 LW is is 18 years old. The aircraft is in flying condition but the government has not used it since October 2011. Sources said that the five-seater Beech Bonanza A-36 is also not in use since September 2011,although it is in flying condition.

“Both these aircraft have completed their life spans. Owing to regular maintenance,both are in working condition,but the government does not want to take any chance by using them,” said an official in Civil Aviation Department.

The six-seater Chetak helicopter is 25-years old. An official said that the helicopter is still in flying condition,but it is not being used since 2009 when it completed the life span of around 3,200 flying hours.

At present,the state government’s fleet comprises three aeroplanes and three helicopters. The aeroplanes include Hawker,V200 and V300,which are five to 10 seater. The helicopters include an Augusta and Bell 412 and Bell 230. Sources said that Bell 412 and Bell 230 are latest in the fleet and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav prefers to use them.

Set to be auctioned

Six-seater Premier-1A

Five-seater King Air C-90A

Nine-seater Super King Air 300 LW

Five-seater Beech Bonanza A-36

Six-seater Chetak helicopter

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