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Developments in the Mangalore Air India Express crash

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TOI broke this story about the Air India plane crash in Mangalore on May 22, 2010, in which 158 people died:

Air India seems to have tampered with its pilots’ flight roster to keep under wraps a crucial detail about the Mangalore plane crash that killed 158 people on May 22 last year.

Capt Zlatko Glusica, who was commanding the flight that overshot the tabletop runway, was initially not rostered to operate the Mangalore-Dubai-Mangalore flight and it wasn’t clear when he was informed about his flight and whether there was any coercion on part of the airline to get him to agree. It is a very significant detail that holds clues to the amount of sleep and rest Capt Glusica could have got before he stepped into the cockpit.

The dead commander’s son, Alexander Glusica, who is also a pilot, told TOI that his father, just back from vacation, appeared to have been called in at the last moment and the original crew roster, which he had downloaded from his dad’s laptop did not have him marked to fly the Mangalore-Dubai-Mangalore route. He said he and his father always knew each other’s email passwords.

Capt Glusica returned to Mumbai from Serbia after his break on May 18. He had downloaded the crew schedule onto his email account prior to that which shows he is not meant to operate any flight till 23 May.

“My father called me on my mobile phone on May 20 around 6.30pm IST, that is a day before he went for his last flight,” said Alexander Glusica. “He said that he had not unpacked yet and was tired. If he had to operate a flight the next day, he would have told me. He always did, especially when it was a Dubai flight as he always shopped for my sister’s kids from there,” he added. The commander and co-pilot did shop in Dubai during the brief halt, according to the crash investigation report.

The son accessed his father’s email account, zlatkoglusica@hotmail.com, only to find that the deceased pilot had downloaded the Air India Express roster titled “Flying Programme for the period 17- 23 May 2010”. It has the entire list of Air India Express flights during that week and the names of pilots who have been rostered to operate them. It did not mention Capt Glusica’s name for the May 21/22 Mangalore-Dubai-Mangalore flight IX 811/812.

Deccan Herald reports Air India’s side of the story:

Refuting charges that Capt Zlatko Glusica, the pilot of Air India Express aircraft that crashed in Mangalore a year ago was not rostered to fly it, airline officials today said he was stationed in Mangalore two days before the mishap and was fully rested.

The commander’s son, Alexander Glusica, was quoted in a report as claiming that his father was called at the last minute to operate the ill-fated flight IX-812. He alleged that the original crew roster in his father’s laptop had not marked him to fly the plane.

On May 21 last year, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, operating the flight from Dubai, overshot the runway at Mangalore’s Bajpe airport, killing 158 passengers and crew. Responding to questions on the allegations, the Air India officials said “the very fact that Capt Glusica was positioned in Mangalore on May 19 shows that he was scheduled to operate flights ex-Mangalore and he had more than two days clear rest before operating the ill-fated flight”.

They said that the Court of Inquiry (CoI), set up by the Civil Aviation Ministry to probe the crash, had given “many opportunities (to Glusica’s family members) to depose before it during the public hearings held at Mangalore and Delhi, which was declined by them”.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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  1. […] TOI broke this story about the Air India plane crash in Mangalore on May 22, 2010, in which 158 people died: Air India seems to have tampered with its pilots' flight roster to keep under wraps a crucial detail about the Mangalore plane crash that killed 158 people on May 22 last year. Capt Zlatko Glusica, who was commanding the flight that overshot the tabletop runway, was initially not rostered to operate the Mangalore-Dubai-Mangalore flight and … Read More […]


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