Sunday, March 08, 2020

Ahmedabad airport birds cause a flutter

Ahmedabad: Pigeons in a Jaipur-bound flight at Ahmedabad airport raised serious concerns about flight safety.
Frequent bird-hits at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport have worried passengers and airline crews. For instance, a Mumbai-bound passenger at Ahmedabad airport on Saturday morning spotted a crow on the aircraft wing as she settled into her seat.
“There are a lot of birds around at the airport and on the campus. It is getting scary, especially after having learnt about the frequent bird-strike incidents at Ahmedabad airport,” said Gauri Wagenaar, a Bodakdev resident. “It is time that the authorities got their act together.”
This year, at least four bird-hits were reported at SVPI airport. In fact, according to data provided by Airports Authority of India (AAI), 37 bird-hits were reported at the airport in 2019.
SVPI airport director Manoj Gangal refused to respond to TOI’s query on whether any additional measures have been initiated to curb the bird menace at the city airport.
08/03/20 Times of India
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