Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Kite flying near Kolkata airport poses danger to flights

Kite flying near the Kolkata airport has emerged as a danger to commercial flights prompting the pilots of a Spicejet turboprop plane to lodge a complaint with the Airports Authority of India. 

On Sunday night, a Spicejet turboprop plane was coming in to land at Kolkata Airport when a kite struck its windshield.

The pilots of the plane have complained that kites were being flown around the New Barrackpore area near the airport in violation of rules. Kite flying is banned near airports as they endanger the safety of planes. 

Any distraction when a plane is in the final stages of landing or take-off can result in a serious accident.

The pilots have submitted a written complaint to the airport operational control centre and mentioned the kite incident in their logbooks.

The incident has been reported to the police by the AAI.

09/08/22 India Narrative

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