Friday, August 31, 2018

Bird-hits fly high at Mumbai airport, RTI reply reveals it's up by 21%

Despite several measures being taken at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) to keep birds away from the airfield, the number of bird-hit incidents have gone up over the years, shows Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)'s data accessed by DNA under Right To Information (RTI) Act.

Between January 2008 and July 2018, 205 incidents of birds hitting aircraft at Mumbai airport were reported to DGCA.

Out of these, 205 incidents, 85 were reported between 2008 and 2012 followed by 105 between 2013 and 2017. This also means an increase of around 21  per cent  when  bird  hit data between 2008-2012 is compared  with bird hit data between 2013 to 2017.
Bird-hit or bird-strike at times results in aircraft having to apply emergency brakes on runway of making emergency landing, in case the aircraft is flying. The airlines or airport operator report all suspected or confirmed bird hits to the DGCA.
31/08/18 Mehul R Thakkar/DNA