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DGCA issued discover to Kozhikode airport in July 2019 over security lapses: Official – india information


Aviation regulator DGCA had issued a show-cause discover to the director of the Kozhikode airport on July 11 final yr after it discovered “varied important security lapses”, officers mentioned on Saturday.

The Directorate Common of Civil Aviation pointed to cracks on the runway, water stagnation and extreme rubber deposits amongst different lapses in its show-cause discover.

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The DGCA performed the inspection after an Air India Categorical flight coming from Dammam in Saudi Arabia had a “tail strike” whereas touchdown on the Calicut (Kozhikode) airport on July 2 final yr, an official mentioned. Slightly over a yr later, on Friday night, an Air India Categorical flight from Dubai with 190 individuals on board overshot “runway 10” on the Calicut airport in heavy rain and went down 35 ft right into a gorge earlier than breaking into two items, killing no less than 18 individuals.

“After the July 2 incident final yr, the DGCA inspected the airport on July four and July 5 and located varied important security lapses,” mentioned a senior DGCA official.

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On July 11, Kozhikode airport director Ok Srinivasa Rao was issued a present trigger discover, added one other DGCA official.

Nonetheless, it’s not clear if any motion was taken in opposition to Rao after the show-cause was issued. The show-cause discover, which PTI accessed, mentioned “cracks are noticed at runway 28 TDZ (landing zone) and alongside runway C/L (heart/left) marking at runway 10 TDZ”.

The landing zone (TDZ) is the half the place the plane first contacts the floor whereas touchdown. The landing zone is forward of the edge space of the runway.

The discover additionally mentioned “extreme rubber deposit” was noticed within the space from runway C/L marking to 3 metres on each the perimeters of landing zone of runway 28.

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Comparable extreme rubber deposits had been discovered by the DGCA alongside runway C/L marking of landing zone of runway 10, in response to the discover.

“Water stagnation of about 1.5 metre size was noticed on the world between runway edge and intermediate flip pad on runway 28,” it mentioned. Apart from, the DGCA discovered a number of cracks in plane stand quantity 5. It additionally noticed {that a} “portion of Apron floor” of about 111 metres was broken, it mentioned. Apron is the world of the airport the place plane are parked, refuelled and the place passengers board.

“A steep downward slope of roughly 5 ft depth is noticed instantly after the apron behind plane #1, which must be levelled and graded,” the discover mentioned.

The DGCA noticed a scarcity of reserve inventory of 6,630 litres of Aqueous Movie Forming Foam focus (AFFF) and 140 kg of “DCP complementary agent” – each are used to place out fires – on the Plane Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) station of the airport.

Air India Categorical, which is an entirely owned subsidiary of Air India, mentioned on Saturday that three aid flights had been organized to Kozhikode in Kerala to help passengers and their members of the family affected by the aircraft crash a day in the past. Officers mentioned Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will go to Kozhikode on Saturday.

Officers of the AAIB (Plane Accident Investigation Bureau), the DGCA and the flight security division of the airline have reached the accident web site to research the accident, mentioned the airline on Saturday morning.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights stay suspended in India since March 23 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Nonetheless, particular repatriation flights have been operated by Air India and Air India Categorical since Might 6 underneath the Vande Bharat Mission to assist stranded individuals attain their locations. Personal carriers have additionally operated a sure variety of flights underneath this mission.

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