Sunday, February 18, 2007

Fog beats CAT-III

New Delhi: The sudden onset of fog at IGI airport on Saturday morning brought the familiar problems of delays, lack of information and frayed tempers in its trail.
As fog rolled back in on Saturday morning, Indian made only two CAT III B take-offs, saying Air Traffic Control did not always give them preference when the visibility procedures were lifted.
"The fog was very thick and conditions were not conducive even for CAT III. However, even after the fog lifted, Indian, as in many other cases, was not given preference to take off," said an Indian official.
Sources, however, attributed the few take-offs to the fact that since nobody had anticipated the fog, Indian did not have the requisite number of pilots ready for CAT III conditions.
Two international and 12 domestic flights were diverted. Flights coming in from Shanghai and Muscat, which were to land around 7.30 am, finally reached at 1.30 pm.
18/02/07 Neha Lalchandani/Times of India
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