Sunday, January 30, 2022

Ahmedabad: One runway incursion at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

Ahmedabad:: Hampering of flight movement due to a runway incursion was barely saved in the nick of time at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad earlier this month.

In response to an RTI, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) revealed that a runway incursion was reported at the city airport on January 9 this year by a mechanical runway sweeper (MRS) vehicle, which was inappropriately positioned along the runway and came in the way of landing and take-off of aircrafts, at 10.56am.

A runway incursion is an aviation incident involving improper positioning of vehicles or people on any airport runway or its protected area. This is the lone incident that occurred at the SVPI airport in the past one year.

“The last aircraft airborne was at 10:51 hrs and there were no further flights thereafter because of the routine runway maintenance from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. As a standard operating procedure, the MRS Vehicle maintains the runway for safety measures. The standard process is a handover call by ATC to Follow-Me Operations Vehicle and Follow-Me Operations Vehicle further guides all vehicles to the runway for maintenance. The MRS vehicle slowly moved towards the runway at 10:56 hrs and was stopped by ATC through the Follow-Me Operations vehicle,” said the city airport authorities.

30/01/22 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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