Saturday, November 20, 2021

Goa airport runway lights suffer snag, lead to delays

 Panaji: There were some nervous moments at Goa International Airport after the runway lights suffered a technical snag and the lone 2.3km runway went dark on Friday evening.

Given the high frequency operations, flight operations were disrupted for a short while and at least one flight was diverted to Mumbai as a precautionary measure.

The Indian Navy’s electrical team conducted a full inspection of the electrical circuits and ensured that the lights were back on before night fall.

“During the ongoing runway work, there was a technical snag around 4pm. The runway lights were restored by 5:05pm,” said a naval officer. The Navy had issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) at 4pm warning airlines about the glitch and the expected disruption in flight operations.

The airport at Dabolim operates out of the naval air base INS Hansa and the aerodrome is managed by the Indian Navy.

Due to the technical snag departing flights reported delays ranging from 10 minutes to 90 minutes. IndiGo flight 6E-5402 from Delhi was diverted to Mumbai while enroute to Goa.

“There was adequate visibility so the impact was for just 15 minutes. There will be some delay of 10-15 minutes which is to be expected.

Goa Airport director Gagan Malik said that the Navy’s Air Traffic Control had informed the airport authorities as soon as the technical snag was detected.

19/11/21 Newton Sequeira/Times of India

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