Friday, July 12, 2019

Kozhikode and Chennai airports pulled up by DGCA for several safety lapses

The Calicut International Airport in Karipur, one of the four international airports in Kerala, as well as the Chennai International Airport have been pulled up by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) over safety concerns. Following an audit from July 2 to 5, both the airports received a show cause notice from the DGCA over unsafe airport maintenance. The Airports Authority of India, which runs both airports have been given 15 days to respond to the notice.

Among the significant safety concerns highlighted by the DGCA in Kozhikode airport are excessive rubber deposits on the runway, which can reduce friction and lead to unsafe landings for aircrafts especially during the heavy rains that Kerala is witnessing now. The directorate also pointed to cracks and water stagnation of upto 1.5 m on parts of runway.

On the notice, an AAI spokesperson from the Calicut airport told media that they were looking into the findings of the DGCA and taking corrective measures. According to the AAI spokesperson, runway friction at Calicut International Airport was maintained at a higher rate as per DGCA instructions. Exclusive rubber deposit removal vehicles costing Rs 5.5 crore too have been procured by Calicut AAI to correct the issue. Runway slopes are maintained as per standards and drainage is cleared during pre-monsoon preparedness, the spokesperson added.

The AAI is currently looking for the rains to let up to correct the erosion and rain water stagnation on the runway.

Some of the other findings of the DGCA include cracks found at aircraft stand number 5. A portion of the apron surface measuring 111 m was also found damaged. A downwards slope of 5 m depth was found after the apron behind airport stand number 1 which had to be levelled and graded.
12/07/19 News Minute

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