Sunday, May 28, 2006

Birds create a flutter on runways

Mumbai: Birds on runways continue to threaten flight security at the Mumbai airport. The most recent incident involved a Dubai-Mumbai Emirates flight (EK 504), with 200 passengers on board, which had to hover overhead for nearly 20 minutes before it could land on May 21. It was put on hold as bird activity had been reported on runway 14-32 by an Air Deccan flight that had landed just two minutes earlier.
The flight, scheduled to land at 8.15 am, ultimately landed at 9 am.
An Emirates official, seeking anonymity, later told DNA, “The domestic aircraft that was on the runway had been informed by the Air Traffic Control about birds on the runway. They were not supposed to fly if birds were spotted on the runway.”
27/05/06 Neeta Kolhatkar, Bhargavi Kerur/Daily News & Analysis
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