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CAG pulls up NIC for settling chopper crash claim

The CAG’s report is based on the findings of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation which investigated the chopper crash.

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2012 12:51:30 am

Over six years after a Chhattisgarh government helicopter crashed under circumstances still unknown,the country’s statutory auditor has pulled up the National Insurance Company (NIC) for settling the claim amount even though the policyholder had ignored the conditions of the insurance.

In a compliance audit report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday,the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out that the Nagpur Divisional office of NIC paid Rs 16.62 crore as insurance to the Directorate of Aviation,Chhattisgarh government even though the flight took off in bad weather condition in violation of the insurance policy conditions.

The CAG’s report is based on the findings of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation which investigated the chopper crash. The six-seater Eurocopter helicopter named ‘Maina’ took off on July 14,2007 from Bhopal airport but mysteriously lost contact half an hour into its flight to Raipur.

A search operation in the forest areas of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh amongst speculation that the copter landed in a Naxal infested area,yielded results only on the fifth day when charred bodies of all four crew members were found.

“The flight was being operated in monsoon season and the Bhopal aerodrome could not give en-route forecast and terminal forecast,as it did not have adequate facilities. The pilots filed the flight plan without taking into account the weather at the destination point,” the CAG said quoting the Directorate General of Civil Aviation audit.

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