Monday, July 08, 2019

Runway lights on the blink, trigger trauma for flyers

Lucknow: Dysfunctional runway lights at Amausi airport triggered trauma for more than 100 flyers after a Lucknow-bound IndiGo flight was diverted back to Delhi and another IndiGo flight from Mumbai was kept airborne for over 30 minutes before touchdown on Saturday night. The situation remained erratic at Amausi on Sunday too, when a 7am Delhi-Lucknow Indigo flight was left hovering for 15 minutes before getting the ATC nod to land.

Around 10.30 pm on Saturday, runway lights went on the blink due to rainwater seepage. This was confirmed by Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials after inspection of the airstrip at 10.35 pm.
The Delhi-Lucknow 6E528 IndiGo airlines which was scheduled to arrive at 11 pm at Amausi with 100 passengers onboard was informed about the defunct lights on the airstrip and was sent back to Delhi. Around 10.45 pm, the technical team arrived to fix the issue. While repair of runway lights was underway, ATC received another alert about arrival of the Mumbai-Lucknow 6E6446 IndiGo airlines, which was already running an hour behind schedule. The pilot of Mumbai-Lucknow flight was told not to land before the ATC nod. The plane hovered over the airstrip for over 30 minutes before touching down.
Passengers onboard the Delhi-Lucknow flight said, they faced inconvenience, missed their schedules and were traumatized, while those aboard the Mumbai-Lucknow flight spoke about a scare in the sky.
08/07/19 Times of India
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