Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Mumbai Airport Commissions Disabled Aircraft Recovery Kit To Tackle Runway Excursions

India’s second-busiest airport, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, has commissioned special equipment to help manage a runway incident more efficiently. The device is called Disabled Aircraft Recovery Kit (DARK) and is capable of lifting even heavy widebody planes, should the need arise.

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has equipped itself with a special machine to help deal with runway excursions or similar incidents much more efficiently.

CSMIA has commissioned a specialized Disabled Aircraft Recovery Kit (DARK) with high-pressure lifting bags to lift even heavy aircraft such as the Boeing 777s. In the event of a runway excursion involving a disabled or damaged aircraft, this powerful equipment is expected to quicken the recovery process by requiring minimal human involvement and decongesting the runway faster. The Deccan Herald quotes a CSMIA spokesperson as saying, “DARK, a remarkable addition to CSMIA's infrastructure, empowers the airport to respond to such scenarios with unparalleled precision and efficiency, hence minimizing disruptions and reducing the impact on travellers.”

Mumbai has become the first airport in Asia to have such equipment. The lifting bags of this machine are quite durable, and the process of recovering an aircraft after an incident follows a sequence of steps involving everything from ground preparation to eventually lifting and towing of the plane. DARK is believed to offer far better results than other low-pressure bag equipment.

As powerful as the DARK is, it is also relatively easy to handle. It has a compact design, which helps in easy transport to the incident site and can be handled with relatively fewer trained individuals. Mumbai Airport has already trained its firefighting and rescue staff on how to handle the machine, covering various aspects from ground stabilization to de-bogging procedures and everything in between.

10/10/2023 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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