HAL Sends Three-member Team to Ecuador

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), while refusing to ‘speculate’ on causes behind the Dhruv helicopter crash in Ecuador two days ago, has sent a special team there to look into the incident that required the grounding of their six other choppers of the fleet.

In a statement, HAL said in Bangalore: “As a matter of principle, we would not like to speculate on the causes of the incident based on media reports.”

Already in Ecuadore, the HAL team is giving maintenance support and assisting the Ecuadorian Air Force in the probe.

Besides, a special team having three senior specialists including HAL’s Chief Test Pilot, has been sent to Ecuador to provide all necessary assistance in the investigation.

Ecuadorian pilots, it said, have undergone extensive flying training on Dhruv at HAL’s facilities, had expressed happiness with handling qualities and have logged 860 hours.

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