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    Anonymous

    shiv, i watched your report about the dhruv accident on your channel this evening. i must commend you for a highly professional commentary and on that does not sensationalise the unfortunate accident. you have taken the pains to bring out all the known facts and have not speculated on it, which is highly professional on your part. hope to see more such reportage from our indian media friends.

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  2. 2

    Anonymous

    Shiv,

    Your dedication to your work is inspirational.

    Keep up the great work

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  3. 3

    Anonymous

    not sure i understand what "off the record" means here

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  4. 4

    Anonymous

    exactly.. i mean.. how many HAL officials would be there in ecuador?

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    Murali

    None of the photos show any kind of fire.. If there was fire.. there had to be smoke atleast a little..

    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=141752&page=56

    none of pics or video show any kind of smoke (before crash)

    how can a fire that broke be doused so quickly ? besides with so much fuel surprised to see not much of fire even after crash specially if there was fire prior to crash.

    Thanks for your post!!! I just hope it is not something with the bird.

    also hope that HAL reacts in most professional manner & by the book..

    On the flip side.. 2 Crashes no loss of human life.. Itself is a new Push "Even if it falls, you walk"

    -Murali

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    Kartik

    The fire bit is total nonsense. there are some very good clarity pics available of the Dhruv's final moments and there is not the least bit of fire, and absolutely no smoke whatsoever. It looks more likely that the pilots lost control while maneuvering. it is clearly visible in the pics below, so the hogwash about a fire having started on the tail can be debunked.

    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=141752&page=56

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    Anonymous

    More than one. There is a whole team of HAL technicians in Equador who are charged with providing support

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    Anonymous

    Dhruv did not catch fire or explode upon crash. The pilots safely came out. That shows the safety of Dhruv.

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    Anonymous

    This speculation in the Ecudorean media is expected.

    India must launch a PR exercise in Latin America as a whole to counter any suggestions that the machine itself is at fault in any way. Some of the things that need to be highlighted are:
    1. The helicopter is an above average performer with an excellent safety record, and with large numbers in service with the Indian, Nepalese, Israeli armed forces and state governments in India.
    2. The record of high altitude set in Siachen must be highlighted.
    3. Any references to corruption in the deal must be quashed aggressively, by mentioning the government to government nature of the deal, and the fact that the HAL is a government owned organization.

    India needs to reach out to the Ecuadorean media houses and PR savvy individuals must go there and openly discuss the issues at hand.

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    Anonymous

    It's no small achievement to build a chopper that can crash and still keep it's crew safe. Hooray! That's one thing we can celebrate about "Made In India" design.

    Looks like the Ecuadorian pilots need more training. Send them back to Bangalore, I say.

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    Anonymous

    Sadly, this is typical HAL build quality. You can now understand why IAF desperately wants to buy foreign aircrafts.

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    Anonymous

    Shiv, there is no fire prior to impact. It can be seen from the video. Only after impact the first fire appears. The ones in the Ecuadorian media questioning the deal will have vested interests including influences from other competitors in the deal. The Dhruv is the best in its class and if it has been another helicopter, not only the pilots but many in the parade must have lost their lives.

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  13. 13

    Karupaswamy

    How can an helicopter be "excessively maneuvered" why would the systems allow such a maneuver? if the pilot tries to take such a sharp/long trun should not control system now know its limitation and restrict the maneuver?

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  14. 14

    Rahul

    There's a Team of HAL looking after maintainability of Dhruvs in Ecuador.
    It's really a set back for HAL and Dhruv, especially when Ecuador was evaluating options for buying more Dhruvs. Sad indeed.

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    Mayuresh Gaikwad

    Annonymous @ 3:32,

    It is due to the HAL's build quality that the two pilots walked away from the crash virtually unhurt.

    And it is not as if there has been no coptor crash ever!

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    Anonymous

    @ ''Karupaswamy''

    the new Mercedes S-Class has all sorts of gizmos to prevent over and under-steering and to prevent any sort of collision. I work for a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Melbourne; and we have a wrecked S-Class coming in at least once a week; due to driver faults. Despite having supposedly..''foolproof'' systems. Bottomline is these help in reducing chances of crashes but not eliminate them.

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    Anonymous

    The Dhruv is the best of its class known for the manovreability appluaded by several pilots. However there are limitations for every flying machine ,which would definitely would definitely be present in the flight manual.May be the excitement of flying Dhruv made the pilots manovre more than the limits.

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    Anonymous

    Dhruv ,congratulations,the True Indian .protected the dependents(pilots &crowd)even when you perished.

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