Govt’s serious concern to EU decision to put air carriers on Air Safety List

काठमाण्डु टुडे २०७० मंसिर २८ गते १५:४३ मा प्रकाशित

Kathmandu, Dec. 13: The government has said that its serious attention was drawn to the European Commission’s (EU) decision to put all Nepali air carriers on the EU Air Safety List.

             The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation expressed such concern by issuing a press release Friday after the EC on 5 December raised the concerns in regard to the aviation safety indicating Nepal’s position below the global average in overall safety performance as assessed during Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program and rate of incident.

             The Ministry said that the decision of EC was before the time as Nepal was waiting for the final report of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Coordinated Validation Mission by the end of February 2014.

             The Ministry further said that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) was in close consultation with the EC during the last couple of months and had furnished all information and documents regarding safety oversight capability of Nepal as requested by EC.

             “To reduce the rate of accidents, CAAN has introduced some specific programs to implement the recommendations of Accident Investigation Commission along with vigorous safety awareness campaign and Coordinated Validation Mission training among personnel involved in aviation operation,” the press statement reads.

             The Ministry said that it has immediately implemented required measures to mitigate the shortcomings pointed out by the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission for the aviation safety.

             The measures include flight simulation training in aircraft type simulator, safety awareness training, including crew response management (CRM) to flight crew and safety investigation of occurrences.

             Likewise, different means to mitigate birds/wildlife hazards by installing equipment and conducting seminars and workshops to identify necessary action plan for the wildlife hazard management have been adopted. RSS

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