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Govt aviation site carried map marked ‘Azad J&K’

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MUMBAI: “Azad Jammu and Kashmir’’ (AJK) is not a term that one would expect to find on an Indian government website. But the

Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau

(AAIB) website, until recently, had an

investigation report

which carried a map that identified a region in the western portion of larger

Kashmir

as AJK.

The map was carried in the final investigation report into a “serious incident’’ which occurred in July 2019. A Vistara flight from

Srinagar

to Jammu was diverted due to poor weather and landed safely in Amritsar airport, but with only 460 kg of fuel left.

During the landing process, the pilots had radioed the air traffic control about their low fuel emergency with a “May Day fuel” call. The AAIB initiated an investigation and released the

final report

recently.

The report has the map showing a region west of Line of Control (LOC), labelled “Azad Jammu and Kashmir”.

Though the caption read “Route followed by aircraft”, no flight path was marked out in the said map. In fact, the aircraft wouldn’t have crossed the LOC to fly over this region, which is Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. TOI sought a statement from the civil aviation ministry on Monday, following which the said investigation report was pulled down.

A revised report was uploaded with a rectified map that had the route taken by the aircraft from Srinagar to Jammu and then to Amritsar. A ministry spokesperson said: “There was an error and it has been rectified.”

Capt Amit Singh, an air safety expert, had tweeted the said controversial picture late on Saturday night.

“Heads should roll for this blunder, don’t you agree?,” his tweet read. Speaking to TOI, Capt Singh said: “The quality of investigation reports are so poor that no stakeholder can derive any benefit from them.”

Heads should roll for this blunder,don’t you agree?AAIB has published this figure in the VT-TTN incident report to… https://t.co/hQh0F4BINX

— Amit Singh (@flyingamit) 1610210328000

It’s not the first time that investigation reports have blunders. On June 9, 2010, TOI had carried a report titled “Mangalore crash report gets runway wrong”. The initial report into the Mangalore crash, uploaded on the ministry of civil aviation website, had erroneously marked the crash site at the end of runway 27, instead of runway 24. Following the TOI report, the map was rectified. Capt Mohan Ranganathan, an air safety expert who had pointed out the error had said: “It reflects how casual the investigation team has taken the crash that killed 158 lives”. About the latest report, showing

Azad Jammu

and Kashmir, Capt Singh said that only the link to the report says its the revised version.

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