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Neha LM Tripathi

I am a principal correspondent with the national political bureau of the Hindustan Times. I track the aviation and railways ministry. I also write on travel trends. I cover the beats at the national level for the newspaper. Before being in Delhi, I have worked as a journalist in Mumbai as well. My hobbies include trekking and travelling.

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Pawan Hans chopper wreckage brought to Juhu airport for probe

The wreckage recovered from the sea was brought to the Juhu airport and was reassembled on Saturday morning.

According to a Pawan Hans official, 85% of the helicopter parts have been recovered.(HT photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2018 11:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Pawan Hans crash aftermath: ONGC explores technology to track errors in real time

Experts said that these monitoring measures can help reduce human errors and accidents.

The chopper crash on January 13 killed five ONGC employees and two Pawan Hans pilots.(HT file photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2018 12:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

HT Impact: Pawan Hans now gets a dedicated safety head

Experts are of the opinion that lax safety standards in Pawan Hans may be one of the possible reasons that led to the crash.

The search operations on after the crash.(HT FILE)
Updated on Jan 17, 2018 10:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Pawan Hans chopper crash: Family, friends give teary-eyed farewell to Captain Katoch

While speaking to a group of pilots who were her husband’s friends, Poonam recalled that Katoch was always proud of working with Pawan Hans and was happy that he got good colleagues.

Katoch’s daughters performed the last rites.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2018 11:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Pawan Hans chopper crash: Technical snag likely cause, say top officials

According to top officials close to the investigation, the Pawan Hans helicopter crash could be a result of technical snag.

Coast Guard personnel at the site.(HT FILE)
Updated on Jan 16, 2018 12:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Pawan Hans helicopter’s undamaged black box will give clues on the accident, device to be decoded in France

The investigating officers said the black box, which was found in good condition, will provide clues regarding the exact cause of the crash.

Indian navy units engaged in search and rescue operation after Pawan Hans helicopter crash off Mumbai coast on January 13.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2018 10:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByNeha LM Tripathi

Pawan Hans chopper crash: Captain Ohatkar had flying experience of 15,000 hours

Ohatkar, 58, was to retire in two years. He is survived by his mother, wife and daughter and was planning to spend his retired life in Pune.

A closed one breaks down during Ohatkar’s cremation.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2018 01:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Chopper crash off Mumbai coast: ‘Helicopter could have broken in the air’

Vouching for the expertise of the two pilots, Mumbai officials said this was the chopper’s first flight after it underwent a major routine maintenance repair after completing 500 hours of flying

Indian Coast Guard personnel looking for the missing people.(HT)
Updated on Jan 14, 2018 01:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

SGNP to train Mumbai veterinary students, seek their help to rescue wild animals

Decision was taken to counter the deficit of veterinarians in the state

A leopard was rescued from a residential society in Andheri, on December 10(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2018 11:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Cow, tractor on tarmac disrupt schedule at two airports; flights diverted to Mumbai

Experts say overhaul needed to better air safety standards in the country

Two flights were forced to abort landing after a cow was spotted at the Ahmedabad airport.(Representational photo/HT)
Updated on Jan 12, 2018 10:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

France, Iceland, Bali: 2018 has 16 long weekends, here’s where you can spend them

Going by last year’s trends, the travel service said international destinations that see a surge in popularity over long weekends include Dubai, Thailand and Bali

France remains a popular tourist destination.(HT File)
Updated on Jan 06, 2018 11:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Train airline staff to be ‘civilised,’ says parliamentary committee

Asserts that salaries of the crew and ground staff come from the income earned from passengers

The panel pulled up Indigo airlines for an incident last year in which a passenger was manhandled(Reuters)
Published on Jan 05, 2018 11:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi

Mumbai airport gets country’s first transit lounge at arrival area

Built by Aviserve Airport Services, the lounge was inaugurated in January 2017 but has been made fully functional now.

There are plans to introduce similar lounge facilities at the domestic terminal of the Mumbai airport.(HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 02, 2018 12:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Plan to extend Mumbai’s Juhu airport runway to Arabian Sea dropped indefinitely

The consultants in their report stated that the plan was not feasible

The plan to extend the airport’s main runway to the Arabian Sea was first mooted in 2010 .(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 11:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Air India moves Shubha Mudgal to economy class in Mumbai-Goa flight, offers refund after her tweet

She tweeted at 10am, “@airindiain What’s going on? You sell business class tickets. Turn the flight into an Economy flight. Don’t inform passengers. No refund. Refer AI 663.”

She earnt that the airline was using an all-economy aircraft while doing a web check-in from home at 2 am.(HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2017 12:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Businessman held for teenage actor’s molestation could face 6-month flying ban

The alleged molestation surfaced after the teenage actor posted a video, alleging that a man seated behind her in business class rubbed his foot on her shoulder and neck during a Vistara airlines flight.

The actor’s mother said her daughter was inappropriately touched by a passenger seated behind her. (HT Photo / Representative)
Updated on Dec 14, 2017 04:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByNeha LM Tripathi

Cases of unruly fliers down from 2015, says international association

Around 9,837 incidents of unruly passenger behaviour were reported in 2016, compared 10,854 in 2015

Around 58,000 unruly passengers have been reported to IATA between 2007 and 2016.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 14, 2017 12:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Let flying model aircraft remain a sports activity, say aeromodellers

Aeromodellers will submit a draft Civil Aviation Requirement to DGCA by Friday, which will include requests to free it from age restrictions

Currently, aeromodellers fly their aircraft at Mahalaxmi racecourse or Amby Valley near Lonavla.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2017 03:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Employees prefer strong corporate house take over Pawan Hans rather than colleagues

Some of the employees are among the potential bidders, which is allegedly not supported by majority of the employees

The government proposed to disinvest its entire equity shareholding of 51% in PHL through strategic disinvestment to investors, along with transfer of management control.(File photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2017 11:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Mumbai seaplane will touchdown at sea tomorrow for the first time

Ten to 14-seater amphibious planes, which can land on water and land, will be operational in Mumbai soon

The seaplane flies at Marine Drive on Thursday.(Kunal Patil/HT)
Updated on Dec 07, 2017 11:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Cyclone Ockhi: Flights at Mumbai airport delayed by 15 minutes

A Mumbai airport official said continuous rains and wind patterns led to the direction of flight operations briefly being changed from runway 9 to 27

Airports Authority of India officials said a 15 minute delay was considered normal and hence did not have much of an impact on operations.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 05, 2017 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Fliers fume as lack of pilots delays AI Mumbai-Ahmedabad flight by 7 hours

The security agency had to take charge after more than 200 Mumbai passengers, meant to board the Boeing aircraft, created a ruckus

Sources said passengers had to spend the night in the boarding area, and did not allow the airline staff to continue their work smoothly, as a sign of protest.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 02, 2017 11:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Aeromodellers meet aviation authorities, demand separate norms for the sport

Their plea says a separate category should be created within the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Classification, for model aircraft

Aeromodellers told the DGCA that aeromodelling and flying drones are two different sports and cannot be governed by same rules.(Representational photo/HT)
Updated on Dec 02, 2017 12:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Fewer fliers, more trips at Mumbai’s Juhu airport from April to September

In 2016, the Centre added the Juhu airport to their regional connectivity scheme (RCS), Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), to connect to 28 places in Maharashtra.

In 2016, the Centre added the Juhu airport to their regional connectivity scheme (RCS), Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), to connect to 28 places in Maharashtra.(HT FILE)
Updated on Nov 27, 2017 01:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Mumbai airport sets new record, handles 969 flight movements in 24 hours

Its previous best was 935 flights registered in May this year

An AAI official said the Mumbai airport handles a minimum of 46 flights per hour
Updated on Nov 26, 2017 12:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

4,000 sign online petition opposing regulation of aeromodelling by aviation watchdog

Petition by Federation of Indian Aeromodellers (FIA) has requested the aviation regulator to reconsider the proposal

An aeromodeller with her prized possession(HT file)
Published on Nov 24, 2017 12:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Staff response gets 8 on 10 during ‘crash landing’ at Mumbai aerodrome

Police officers from Juhu, Santacruz and DN Nagar, along with DGCA officials, participated in the drill

Senior officials from the state fire department suggested that the airport authority should have more jeeps to follow vehicles to the spot during an emergency and to allow the use of a closed gate for medical purpose.(HT photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2017 12:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Five new taxiways built at Mumbai airport to optimise traffic

These five include two rapid exit taxiways that let an aircraft vacate the runway quickly allowing another plane to take off or land in a shorter time interval

Sources said the airport authority is also thinking of extending a taxiway which will enhance the capacity of a secondary runway.(Pic for Representation)
Updated on Nov 22, 2017 04:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Airlines taking off from Mumbai score low on punctuality: DGCA report

The airlines said that one of the most important areas of concentration is the turnaround time of an aircraft.

Indian carriers have had the worst On Time Performance in Mumbai(Pic for Representation)
Published on Nov 20, 2017 11:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai

Air India engineers oppose privatisation of national carrier, approach MP Derek O'Brien

Picture for representation
Published on Nov 19, 2017 12:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNeha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
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