HYDERABAD: Bell Helicopter, the manufacturer of the ill-fated Bell 430 chopper that crashed killing five passengers on board including former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has opined that the crash was unlikely to have any impact on the company's brand image.
Bell Helicopter vice-president Asia-Pacific sales Max E. Wiley declined to respond to queries on the chopper crash stating that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation did a fine job in investigating the accident and the results could be seen on the DGCA website. “Bell strictly follows the safety norms and it is focussed on bringing the best into the market,” he said.
Explaining the safety measures adopted by the company, Mr. Wiley said Bell targeted to achieve 80 per cent reduction in the chopper accidents by 2016. He announced the launch of the company's newest chopper 429 for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the India Aviation 2010.
Customers were waiting for Bell to launch the light twin engine chopper and the company had designed the 429 in line with the customers' wishes. The new chopper had manoeuvrable arrangements inside the cabin and it was equipped with power and capacity to handle emergency medical systems as well as military functions.