Friday, September 01, 2017

Large water body, rich biodiversity attract birds to Vizag Airport

Visakhapatnam: The grounding of the Bengaluru-bound IndiGo flight at the Visakhapatnam Airport has again turned the focus on ‘bird hits and preventive measures’ to check the breeding and feeding of various bird species, which flock the large water body right behind the airport.

“The pilot of the IndiGo flight aborted take-off after the bird hit the propeller and applied brakes after covering about one-third of the runway,” said B.K. Rai, who was travelling to Bengaluru along with his family. The airline had arranged another flight to Bengaluru later in the evening.

What would have happened if something had happened after take-off?

In January 2011, the Visakhapatnam–New Delhi SpiceJet flight was diverted to Hyderabad after a bird hit the aircraft soon after take off from Visakhapatnam. The passengers were told of the incident only after safe landing in Hyderabad. The affected flight was grounded there and the passengers were accommodated on another flight to New Delhi.

The Airport Advisory Committee, which has representatives of the Navy, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and representatives of the airline industry with the district Collector as Chairman, meets regularly to discuss various issues pertaining to the airport and the remedial measures needed to be taken.
01/019/17 B Madhu Gopal/The Hindu