Saturday, November 23, 2019

Bird hit could affect passenger planes too: Goa Congress

Panaji: A bird hit which resulted in the crash of an Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter jet after taking off at Goa''s Dabolim International Airport on November 16, could also bring down a passenger aircraft in the future, Goa Congress spokesperson Trajano D''Mello said.

He also said the state government was reluctant to crack down on illegal constructions and a fish market in close proximity of the airport -- despite requests from the Indian Navy -- due to political considerations.

"The MiG-29K fighter jet that crashed was due to a bird hit. The government has remained a mute spectator and insensitive to this grave incident. Such a disaster could happen to a passenger aircraft. God Forbid! Is the government waiting for such a disaster?" D''Mello told a press conference at the state Congress headquarters in Panaji.

He also said that several of the new constructions in question near the airport belong to a real estate developer who is an aide of a sitting BJP minister.

On November 16, a MiG-29K trainer flight crashed after a bird hit, just after it took off the airport, which functions out of the Indian Navy base INS Hansa. Both pilots had managed to safely eject themselves to safety after both the engines of their jet failed.
23/11/19 IANS/Outlook
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