Thursday, September 19, 2019

Rise in airport bird-hits poses higher risk to human lives: Report

Kolkata: The incidents of bird strikes have been consistently increasing at airports across the country, posing a higher risk to human lives.

In the past 30 days, the Indian aviation sector has witnessed over five bird-hit cases reported by airlines such as IndiGo, GoAir, AirAsia and Kalitta Air.

Unfortunately, such incidents are only reported; and proactive initiatives towards mitigating such incidents are largely ignored due to lack of regular monitoring and successful implementation of guidelines defined for airport operators, according to sources.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has defined ‘reporting guidelines’ to the airline players on a bird-hit case, and has laid down guidelines for airport operators to mitigate bird-hit incidents at the airports.

However, there is a strong need to regularly monitor and implement guidelines defined for airport operators to proactively undertake risk assessment and examination of habitat in and around the airport that can reduce incidents; and enhance the safety of the passengers.
Recently, DGCA team visited Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, 2 days after GoAir flight G8-149 carrying Rahul Gandhi and several opposition leaders was ready to land at New Delhi airport, on which the pilot opted for a go-around as a bird hit was suspected on one aircraft.
The DGCA team reviewed the measures taken by the airport operator to reduce cases of bird hit.
The airport operator informed that they have engaged wildlife consultant to understand aerodrome wildlife ecology and suggestive measures.
18/09/19 India Blooms
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