Air Safety May Fade From Delhi's Radar

Despite the recent crash, reforms aren't likely to come soon

India-based management consultant Manoj Badale, who flies extensively, tries to push concerns about flight safety to the back of his mind. "It's one of those things you just genuinely try not to think about," he says. Yet Badale could not help thinking "what if?" when he heard of the midair collision of a Saudia Boeing 747 and a Kazakhstan Airlines Il-76 near New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Badale felt sick as he pored over accounts of the crash and its 349 deaths. And like many other well-traveled executives in India, Badale checked to see what accidents his insurance policy covers.

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