Thursday, September 17, 2020

AAI notice to Surat airport to ensure ‘0’ wildlife intrusion

Surat: The Surat airport authorities have been asked by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to ensure ‘zero’ incidence of wildlife intrusion on the airport premises and any security lapses in the future “will entail administrative action”.

The notice which was sent after the recovery of two dead foxes on the airport runway in December 2019 also asks the authorities to take appropriate measures for the safety of aircraft and passengers, revealed airport activist, Rajesh Modi, who received a copy of the notice under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The incident at the Surat airport on December 19, 2019 not only caused three flights to delay, but also has serious repercussion for safe aircraft operations, said the notice sent by AAI’s member (operations), IN Murthy to the airport director. The foreign object debris (FOD) was reported during the landing of the Surat-Udaipur flight at the runway near the taxiway on December 19, 2019. During inspection, operational jeep reported two dead foxes on the runway.

After the incident, the arrival of Delhi-Surat flight was hold overhead and was delayed by 20 minutes, Goa-Surat flight had to hold over head and was delayed by 10 minutes and that the departure of Surat-Kolkata flight was delayed by 25 minutes, says a report furnished by the Surat airport authorities under RTI.

In the earlier report filed by the airport authorities, it was stated that the deputy general manager (air traffic management) Pradeep Kumar Dobriya was responsible for prevention of wildlife intrusion and bird hit at the Surat airport.

17/09/20 Times of India

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