Sunday, October 14, 2018

Aircraft missed usual take-off point, ended up too close to wall

Chennai: The Air India flight, which hit the instrument landing system (ILS) antenna and wall of the Trichy airport while taking off, seems to have lifted off at the end of the runway as tyre marks were found on the soil in the stretch of land between the end of the runway and the compound wall. The plane was at a height of less than 7ft as it crossed the compound wall and a highway before climbing higher.
The airport’s runway is around 8,000ft long and the plane should have been airborne after rolling a distance of 5,500ft. In that case, it would have been more than 100ft when it crossed the compound wall.
Aviation experts and pilots suggest that there could be multiple reasons for the bizarre incident which clearly shows that the plane had a narrow escape. An air traffic control official said they spotted a long spark at the end of the runway when the plane took off forcing them to drive down to the runway end where they found the broken ILS antenna and damaged wall.
14/10/18 Times of India

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