Kozhikode airplane crash: DGCA to audit airports that witness heavy rains

New Delhi, August 11

The nation’s aviation regulator DGCA will conduct a particular audit of airports that obtain heavy rains, senior officers have mentioned on Tuesday, 4 days after a airplane crashed on the Kozhikode airport amid the downpour.

“The special audit will be done at airports like Mumbai and Chennai that are affected by heavy rains annually,” mentioned a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages greater than 100 airports within the nation, together with the one in Kozhikode. However, main airports corresponding to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are managed by personal corporations.

The Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 folks, together with a six-member crew, overshot the tabletop runway throughout touchdown on the Kozhikode airport in heavy rains on Friday night time. It fell right into a valley 35 toes beneath and broke into items, killing 18 folks, together with each the pilots.

The airline mentioned on Tuesday that 74 passengers injured within the airplane crash in Kozhikode had been discharged from hospitals after “obtaining complete fitness”.

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A day after the crash, Congress MP Manickam Tagore had tweeted that the AAI and the DGCA “seem to have ignored” the proposal for utilizing Engineered Material Arrestor System (EMAS) know-how to make sure the protection of Kozhikode airport’s tabletop runway.

The AAI works underneath the Civil Aviation Ministry. The EMAS is a singular floor of particular supplies that’s constructed on the finish of the runway to cease the plane in its tracks if it has overshot the world whereas touchdown.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri mentioned on Monday that the Kozhikode airport was geared up with the Runway End Safety Area (RESA) as per the protection pointers of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

He mentioned the availability of EMAS was not obligatory in a civil airport as per the ICAO pointers.

Puri added that EMAS supplied security advantages if normal RESA size was not out there on the airport or if RESA couldn’t be supplied on the airport resulting from some constraints.

“Provision of EMAS at Mangalore and Kozhikode were examined by the AAI in consultation with the DGCA, subsequent to the Air India Express accident at Mangalore in 2010. Tabletop runways at both these airports are accordingly provided with RESA of 240 metres and 90 metres in compliance to the DGCA directive,” Puri mentioned. PTI

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