The tragic incident involving Dr. YSR, Dr, Subramanyan (IAS), John Wesley (CSO), Group Captain S.K. Bhatia and M.S. Reddy shook the nation this week.
Dr.YSR, no doubt, had risen as a colossal figure in AP politics. He was perceived as a people’s man and almost liked by everyone irrespective of their party affiliations. In an unprecedented move, even neighboring states of AP, like TN and Karanataka declared a holiday in mark of their mourning.
While several investigations would happen from now-on for uncovering the technical and non-technical aspects of this incident, the humane aspect of this incident may or may not be uncovered.
The prime technical aspect of this incident ofcourse is the non-functioning of ELT, which seems to have become a name-sake non-functioning device in most of the choppers. It was introduced few years back and typical of the Indian attitude, unless a stick is wielded, its implementation is lax and procedural. The secondary technical aspect is the usage of SMS to detect the site.
Probably SMS in particular and terrestrial mobile towers in general have a lot more role to play in detecting and alerting air-crafts and choppers dropping height or about to crash, in future.
Further investigations will uncover if it is an accident or some sabotage is involved in it. Though at this point of time, it all seems to be an accident, in which the pilot has gone on a circuitous route to avoid bad weather and hit up on a hill-top, in a hilly area, as he flew through low lying clouds, only a thorough investigation could say what happened in the reality.
The intriguing human question for me is “The CM would have known that the weather is bad in general and in particular on the way to his destination. Then why did he proceed..?”
If the CM Dr, YSR had decided to go ahead with this trip, inspite of knowing that the weather is bad, then the erstwhile CM should be held responsible, even posthumously, for the same. It is because he has endangered not his life alone, but the life of four other people, though it is for a good cause.
Of these four people, Dr. Subramanya, John Wesley have very young kids, while Dr. YSR is survived by grown-up adults and grand-children. In the scale of time, when we look at things in a decade or century, every individual life is precious and equal. Though instantaneously a life seems more precious than others, seen over a period of time, every life has the same value.
The impact of loss of a leader or earning member’s life in a family with growing up kids is in multiples than in a family otherwise.
A stern pre-cautionary warning should be issued to all the people holding political posts, quoting YSR’s case formally, that they should not endanger theirs and other’s lives during such environments. The cost of it is too high and the nation has to bear it.
If Dr.YSR has been advised wrongly or given a false-hope that the trip could be proceeded with on the weather front, then it is more dangerous. This means that the information that is getting into CM’s are not from experts and not based on data and is not going through a proper process. This process needs to be strengthened by the Government.
If Dr. YSR has not been provided the information on bad-weather at all, then it is a disastrous scenario. How can a Government function without correct data..? This scenario seems highly impossible.
My gut-feeling is that Dr.YSR has been probably given wrong hope by someone on navigating through the bad-weather. It could be anybody. This points to the fact that the information he has relied on is not data oriented and given through a process. It was more given on a gut-feel by a non-expert.
Only request I have for the GOI is that it should not close the case as ‘Human Error’. It should go beyond the human error and fix the problem on which human point that error occurred. It could help us save lives in future.
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"Further investigations will uncover if it is an accident or some sabotage is involved in it. Though at this point of time, it all seems to be an accident, in which the pilot has gone on a circuitous route to avoid bad weather and hit up on a hill-top, in a hilly area, as he flew through low lying clouds, only a thorough investigation could say what happened in the reality."
I've wrote custom essay about this tragedy and I've heard some different information. That the pilot felt bad and was in a bad mood. I'm just not sure about that.