Sunday, October 14, 2018

No fault of AAI: Airport director

Chennai: The Trichy international airport authorities submitted a detailed report to the Airports Authority of India on Friday’s incident in which an Air India Express aircraft with 136 people on board had a miraculous escape after hitting a ground-based antenna and the perimeter wall of the airport. The plane en route to Dubai was airborne for about four hours with a ripped portion of its underbelly till it made an emergency landing in Mumbai.

On Saturday, a two-member technical team from Delhi inspected the two localizer antennas hit by the aircraft and the five others which developed a snag.

Airport director K Gunasekaran told TOI that new localizer antennas were brought from Lucknow airport to replace the damaged ones.

"Only after completing the calibration process can we use the new equipment which will take at least a month. As of now, we are managing with the help of a combined radio navigation station instrument. There is no problem with the operation of regular flights", he said.
On what would have caused the incident involving the Boeing 737-800, Gunasekaran said there were no lapses on the part of the AAI or air traffic control.
14/10/18 Times of India

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