24 air accidents in three years: Government

Last year, there were seven accidents and the number stood at 10 in 2015. As many as seven such accidents happened in 2014, as per data provided in the written reply.

Published: 30th March 2017 11:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2017 11:27 AM   |  A+A-

Jayant Sinha in New Delhi. |Reuters

NEW DELHI:  The government today said there have been 24 air accidents in the last three years in the country that resulted in 28 fatalities.

There have been no air accidents so far this year.

"24 accidents took place in the country in the last three years and the current year (till February)," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told the Lok Sabha.

Last year, there were seven accidents and the number stood at 10 in 2015. As many as seven such accidents happened in 2014, as per data provided in the written reply.

"28 fatalities have occurred in these accidents," Sinha said. In a separate written reply, the Minister said nine cases of "unauthorised entry at Indira Gandhi International Airport" in the national capital have been reported till date in the current year.

The figure is from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). In another written reply with regard to Air India, Sinha said as per Turnaround Plan (TAP) the government has to infuse Rs 30,231 crore up to 2021.

Till date, the government has infused a total of Rs 24,745.21 crore.

Air India had sought a total amount of Rs 3,901.49 crore as equity infusion in the current fiscal but the government approved Rs 2,465.21 crore under the TAP. "This includes Rs 1,713 crore allocated in the Budget of FY 2016-17 and an additional amount of Rs 752.21 crore allocated in the Supplementary Grants for FY 2016-17," he said. PTI RAM

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