Sunday, July 29, 2018

Birds spotted, flight diverted to Varanasi

Patna: A Kolkata-Patna-Lucknow flight of IndiGo carrying around 150 passengers was diverted to Varanasi from the city airport after a flock of birds was spotted at the runway touchdown point around 10.45am on Saturday.
After the air traffic control (ATC) office at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport here directed the pilot to abort landing, the flight, 6E-339, was taken to Varanasi airport as it did not have sufficient fuel for second landing attempt here.
ATC officials at Patna airport said birds usually congregate near the runway during rainy season. “Insects and small reptiles, which normally remain underground, come out when it rains and attract birds,” Santosh Kumar, assistant general manager (air traffic management) at Patna airport told TOI.
29/07/18 Piyush Tripathi/Times of India