Saturday, October 06, 2018

Indore runway goes dark when Jet flight was seconds away from touch down

New Delhi:In a major safety lapse, pilots of a Jet Airways aircraft about to land in Indore suddenly saw that the runway and airport had plunged into darkness. They immediately pulled up the aircraft, contacted the air traffic control and then returned to land safely in second attempt 15 minutes later by when the runway lights had come back to life.
This scary episode took place on October 1 when Jet’s Boeing 737 (VT-JFG) was flying from Mumbai to Indore as 9W-383. About one nautical mile from touchdown when the aircraft was just seconds away from touchdown, the pilots found saw to their horror that the runway and airport lights got switched off. The pilots then did a go-around.
Confirming this, an Airports Authority of India (AAI) spokesman said: “A go around happened due to runway lights tripping and our switch-over time (to generator) being 10 seconds. The aircraft was on short finals. As per the laid down procedure, the aircraft had to carry a missed approach procedure. We are in the process of changing the switch over time of UPS to one second now.”
Comments from DGCA have been sought on this issue and the story will be updated once and if the aviation safety regulator does so. Comments were sought from Jet also on this issue.
06/10/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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