Goverment all set to form Air Transport Safety Board
KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has decided to form an autonomous body to look after issues of air accidents and conduct necessary study for enhancing aviation safety.
A high level taskforce formed to study the compliance status of safety recommendations made by different air crash investigation committees had about a year ago recommended the government to form an autonomous body to look into air accidents among others issues.
The taskforce was led by Medini Prasad Sharma, former director general of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
At present, the government forms investigation commission after air accidents as and when needed.
The recent ministerial level meeting decided to form a committee which will prepare primary legislature and working area of the proposed Air Transport Safety Board.
According to officials, the ministry has already forwarded the proposal for formation of the board to the Ministry of Finance. The board will comprise aviation experts and representatives from airlines operators, among others.
Suresh Acharya, joint secretary of MoCTCA, told Republica necessity of a body of permanent nature was felt to make aviation safe and secure. Formation of the board would ease various issues, including air crash investigations.
“Though we are yet to agree on the model of the board, its major objective would be to enhance aviation safety,” said Acharya.