Saturday, January 13, 2018

Airport director says media giving out wrong information

Mangaluru: The Director of Mangaluru International Airport V.V. Rao has denied reports that there was a vehicle on the runway during the take-off of an aircraft here on Thursday.

In a release, he said: “Wrong and vague information is being given by the media. There was no tractor or any other baggage carrying trolley on the runway during the take-off of the aircraft.”

The director said that before the departure of a Jet Airways flight (9W 434) to Mumbai, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) observed one tractor far away from the runway on the basic strip. Hence, the take-off of the aircraft was held back for a few minutes as a safety measure. “The ATC cleared the take-off immediately after the tractor was moved away from the basic strip,” he added.

Mr. Rao told The Hindu that the aircraft was held back on the taxiway before entering the runway for a minute at about 11.25 a.m.

The tractor was there in connection with cutting grass on the basic strip (far away from the runway).
12/01/18 The Hindu