Unfazed by the crash of its prototype 14-seater passenger aircraft, scientists will go ahead with the project to develop the country's first indigenous plane.
"The Saras project will continue, we will not shelve it," S K Brahmachari, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said. The second prototype of Saras civilian plane had crashed on Friday near Bangalore killing three IAF test pilots.
The aircraft built by National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) was completely destroyed in the accident. NAL is one of the 37 research institutes governed by CSIR. Brahmachari has held discussions with officers of the Indian Air Force and civil aviation authorties after the accident.
He said the prototype - I of the aircraft will be modified and converted to a prototype III by fitting the higher thrust Pratt and Whitney engines.
The Union Cabinet has already approved additional funds for the project as well as for developing a 70-seater passenger aircraft.
Brahmachari, who met scientists at NAL and relatives of the deceased pilots on Saturday, said that father of one of the pilots told him that completion of the project would be a fitting tribute to his son.
Brahmachari said that after the Cabinet nod, procurement has begun to build a Production Standards Aircraft (PSA) and some of the components may be diverted for the prototype III.
its ok with the positive attitude shown by everyone associated with saras project, but who is accountable for the three lives lost, aren't the designers so dumb that they are ok with few lives lost in return to the earnings??
some standards must be there which always saves pilot's life , specially in a prototype, no matter what type of design they fly