Puri questions Cong MPs’ tweets on aircraft mishap, says Kozhikode runway security as per ICAO tips

New Delhi, August 10

The Kozhikode airport is supplied with runway security as per the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), stated Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday whereas questioning numerous tweets by Congress MPs on the aircraft crash wherein 18 folks have been killed.

After the accident on Friday, Virudhunagar MP Manickam Tagore, Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor alleged on Twitter that there have been security lapses on the a part of the Civil Aviation Ministry.

“There was some excited tweeting by few members of Congress Party without fully being aware of the facts,” Puri stated on Twitter on Monday.

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

Questioning Tagore’s tweets on the aircraft crash, Puri stated the Congress MP didn’t research “the basic facts before turning into an aviation security and protocol expert”.

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

The AAI works below 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 realm whereas touchdown.

Puri stated on Monday: “Kozhikode airport is equipped with Runway End Safety Area (RESA) as per ICAO Guidelines on safety.”               

He stated the availability of EMAS isn’t obligatory in a civil airport as per the ICAO tips.

Puri stated EMAS gives security advantages if commonplace RESA size isn’t out there on the airport or if RESA can’t be offered on the airport attributable to some constraints.

“Provision of EMAS at Mangalore and Kozhikode were examined by AAI in consultation with 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 meters and 90 meters in compliance to DGCA directive,” Puri stated.

Back in 2010, an Air India Express plane overshot the runway at Mangalore airport, fell right into a gorge and caught fireplace, leading to lack of 158 lives.

After Friday’s accident, Tharoor had alleged on Twitter that warnings had been given in regards to the risks of touchdown in heavy rain at Kozhikode airport and the AAI knew an accident was ready to occur.

On Monday, Puri stated he was glad that Tharoor had checked the details and “changed his tune” on the Kozhikode tragedy.

Bittu had alleged on Twitter on August eight that “despite several red flags and 2015 ban on wide-body aircraft’s landing at Kozhikode airport, Hardeep Singh Puri removed the ban in July 2019 leading to such a fatal crash and loss of lives”.

The Air India Express aircraft that crashed on Friday night time was a B737, which is a slim physique plane.

“MP @RavneetBittu did not know the difference between a narrow body aircraft & a wide bodied one yet he tweeted as an expert on the subject! He did well by deleting his tweet,” Puri famous.

A large physique plane has an even bigger gas tank as in comparison with a slim physique plane. This permits the previous to journey to longer distances as in comparison with the latter. PTI


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