Saturday, November 17, 2018

Airport garbage that can put your flight in danger

Ahmedabad: Agarbage dump near the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower at the airport has been attracting birds and animals close to the operational area. With about four bird scares on arriving flights recorded at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in the past 10 days, the open dump yard has become a cause for concern.
Airport Authority of India officials are quick to blame butcher shops and dump yards around the airport for the bird-hits, but has turned a blind eye to the one created close to ATC tower, which is just 200 metres away from the runway and taxiway of the airport. City airport has found a convenient place to dump flight trash and terminal waste near ATC tower close to a wall that separates operational area and staff canteen.
While the airport is seeing rapid growth in passenger traffic and aircraft movement, AAI has created the garbage heap close to operational area adjoining aircraft taxiway and runway. Mirror kept a check on the dump every week for over 26 days but there has been little in the waste piling up. Several bird species, dogs and cats were seen scavenging the heap of rubbish close to staff canteen next to Terminal 4 and ATC tower.
It is no secret that Ahmedabad airport has been vulnerable to bird-hits (see box) and has been under the scanner of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as well. However, AAI has always blamed the butcher shops, fish market and garbage dumps surrounding the airport area for bird-hits to flights departing or arriving at city airport.
17/11/18 Alok Brahmbhatt/Ahmedabad Mirror