- The fine on helicopter operators has been imposed by the DGCA
- Officials of two other operators have been suspended for three months for violation of safety rules
- Earlier, several incidents of helicopter malfunctions at the Kedarnath Dham have come to light
Kedarnath: Five helicopter operators carrying passengers in the Kedarnath Dham have been fined of Rs 5 lakh each. The fine, imposed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been imposed for flight disturbances.
The development was confirmed by a DGCA official, who said, "The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed this fine for flight disturbances. Along with this, the DGCA has suspended the officials of two other operators for three months for violation of safety rules."
These irregularities came to light when it was decided to conduct an audit in June.
In fact, on May 31, a helicopter carrying pilgrims to a high altitude had a hard landing following which, the regulators formed a team and an audit took place.
"The Director General of Civil Aviation had constituted a team to conduct spot checks of helicopters involved in shuttle operations in Kedarnath. On June 7 and 8, the team did spot checks which revealed serious violations. After this it was decided to conduct a detailed audit of all the operators involved in Shuttle operations," an official said.
According to DGCA investigations, a massive incident occurred on May 31, when a helicopter of Thumby Aviation Pvt Ltd went out of control while landing at the Kedarnath helipad and had spun up to 270 degrees.
Investigations revealed that the helicopter hit the surface of the helipad hard during touchdown after which it bounced and after losing direction by about 270 degrees, it stabilized on the ground again.
During the audit, five operators were found not maintaining proper flight records in their technical log books.
(With inputs from ANI)