Saturday, July 07, 2018

New 'State-of-the-Art' ATC Tower Gets Flooded, Raises Concern Over Structural Flaws

The newly built Air Traffic Control tower at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), expected to be operational by October 2018 and capable of handling at least one flight every minute, every day, was waterlogged when heavy rain pounded the national capital on June 9, panicking the handful of staff inside and exposing a suspected structural flaw in the building.

ATC controllers on duty at the time had to run down the flooded stairs of the 26-storey building, fearing electrocution, after equipment being installed inside the tower and the elevators stopped working. ATC was not controlling air operations from the new tower at the time.

"Imagine what could have happened if full operation had moved here. The entire air operation from Delhi would have shut down. This would have also affected flight operations up to Lucknow, Amritsar and Udaipur," said an ATC officer on condition of anonymity.
06/07/18 Mcclatchy/AviationPros
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