Thursday, December 16, 2021

Cat III landing system fails on day 1 of dense fog in Amritsar; several flights affected

New Delhi: The annual winter fog made a relatively late start in north India this year.

But Amritsar saw many flights getting diverted on Wednesday — Day One of dense fog — as the crucial runway visibility range (RVR) measuring equipment maintained by the Met department has developed a snag.

With no RVR, Amritsar as of now is unable to use instrument landing system (ILS) that is used to let planes safely glide down in dense fog. The Met department has despatched material from Pune and its officials from Delhi to repair the equipment.

“Wednesday saw the first heavy fog this winter. The RVR equipment was not working. Due to that, four domestic and one international inbound flights had to be diverted. A notice to airmen has been issued regarding the unserviceable ILS. The equipment is maintained by Met department and they have promised to repair the same by Friday,” Amritsar airport director V K Seth told TOI.

Thursday afternoon saw good visibility due to which Amritsar saw some flight movement but fog is expected by evening.

“At least category 2 ILS is expected to be made operational by Friday. Airports Authority of India (AAI) is providing the required assistance and facilitation to Met for carrying out repairs,” Seth added.

Airlines are fuming as delayed fog this winter had anyway given time to authorities to make the required preparations.

16/12/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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