It will bring no comfort to those bereaved by the aircraft crash in Mangalore to be told that, given the state of the country’s aviation safety standards, it was only a matter of time before a tragedy of such proportions took place. The story of Air India Express 812 and its tragic end, once investigations are complete, is most likely to read like a chronicle of deaths foretold.
It is of a piece with the national attitude to public safety, which is one of wilful disregard, that our skies are not among the most secure of environments. Our airports may be getting nicer but when it comes to making sure that those who travel on our carriers are kept out of harm’s way, there is a great deal of work to be done, as this newspaper’s series on air safety showed earlier this year.
This has to be fixed, and quickly. Otherwise, the 158 who perished as the Boeing 737 crashed and burned would have died in vain.