Sunday, October 17, 2010

Qatar Airways flight (QR645) : Pilot’s death a tragedy: Expert

Doha: A top Middle East aviation official yesterday said the death of a pilot on a Qatar Airways flight (QR645) was a tragedy that could happen to any airline.
Captain Nikolaos Antypas, Advisor and General Secretary of the Middle East Safety Roadmap, said it was a tragedy that could happen any day and major airlines like Qatar Airways are always prepared to respond to such emergencies.
“Co-pilots are always trained to take charge in such situations,” Antypas told The Peninsula.
Meanwhile, the family of the Indian pilot of Qatar Airways’ flight QR645, who died en route to Doha from Manila early on Wednesday, left for Mumbai last evening to perform his last rites. The body of Ajay Kukreja was scheduled to be flown to Mumbai directly from Kuala Lumpur.
Senior officials of Qatar Airways were said to have seen off Kukreja’s widow and two children at the premium terminal of the Doha International Airport. Kukreja’s funeral is expected to be held in Mumbai today.

Posted By: Capt. Sushil Kumar

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