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Kozhikode’s table-top runway dangerous for touchdown, officers warned 10 years in the past – india information


The tragic accident in Kerala final night when a aircraft trying to land amid heavy tailwinds and rain on the table-top runway on the Kozhikode airport has as soon as once more shone mild on the security considerations over flight operations at such runways within the nation. Eighteen folks, together with two pilots, have been killed within the accident.

The protection considerations have been first raised following the 2010 Air India Categorical crash in Mangalore that killed 160 folks on board. A court docket of enquiry report by a former Indian Air Power chief had warned of the hazards of overshooting the paved floor throughout take-off.

The Air India Categorical flight crash on Friday brings again the reminiscences of the 2010 air crash that too occurred after the aircraft overshot the runway on the table-top airport in Mangalore.

The report by Air marshal BN Gokhale had famous tabletop airports require additional ability and warning whereas finishing up flight operations. The hazard of ‘undershooting’ and ‘overshooting’, specifically, can result in grave conditions, as was the case within the Mangalore accident.

The so-called tabletop airport has restricted house on the ends of the runway, and several other worldwide airways had stopped flying greater plane into Kozhikode resulting from issues of safety over the size of the runway.

“Whereas the size of the runway 24/06 is enough for operations by plane resembling Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800, the downward slope at finish of R/W 24 main into hill slope isn’t beneficial if one is to think about the hazards of overshooting the paved floor throughout takeoff or touchdown. There’s a concrete construction on the finish of R/W 24, which can’t be categorized as obstruction as per ICAO Annexure-14, since it’s under the method and take off funnel,” the report had mentioned.

“There are three tabletop airports in India from the place scheduled flights function. These are Mangalore, Kozhikode and Lengpui. Due to the undulating terrain and constraints of house, these airfields require additional ability and warning whereas finishing up flight operations. The hazard of undershooting and overshooting, specifically, can result in grave conditions, as was the case on this accident. These table-top runways even have an issue of entry roads across the airfield, which can must be utilized in case of plane accidents,” it added.

The slim and winding roads can delay and hinder the rescue operations, the report had mentioned.

The Air India Categorical flight with 190 on board overshot and fell 50 metres off the top of the runway on the Kozhikode airport in treacherous circumstances on Friday, breaking into two – making it one of many deadliest business aviation disasters within the nation in almost 10 years.

The crash occurred round 7.40pm, when it was raining. It bears eerie similarity to the 2010 Mangalore airport crash when a aircraft, additionally an Air India Categorical Boeing 737, overshot a table-top runway and crashed nose-first into the bottom.

Aviation regulator Directorate Normal of Civil Aviation (DGCA) mentioned it was raining closely when pilots of the Boeing 737 aircraft from Dubai tried to land. The regulator mentioned after touchdown at Runway 10, the aircraft continued operating until the top of the runway and fell into the valley and broke into two parts. “The visibility was 2,000 meters amid heavy rain, after touchdown at runway 10 and it overshot the runway and broke down in two items,” a DGCA official mentioned.

Based on a playback on flight-tracking web site FlightRadar24, the aircraft circled the airport twice earlier than trying to land. In its second occasion, it aborted the try with 2,000 toes to go earlier than the crash touchdown. The civil aviation ministry’s accident investigation division Plane Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will conduct an in depth investigation into the Air India Categorical flight crash at Kozhikode airport in Kerala.

“An Air India Categorical flight took off round 0200 hours from Delhi to Kozhikode carrying investigating officers from DGCA and AAIB, CEO of Air India categorical and different officers of AI and AIE,” mentioned AAIB.

“A second plane took off from Mumbai to Kozhikode round 0600hrs within the morning carrying Angels of Air India and GO staff who will coordinate and liaise with varied businesses and supply help and help households of these affected on this incident,” the nationwide transporter had mentioned in a press release.

The restoration of Digital Flight Information Recorder (DFDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) will assist piece collectively what occurred over the last moments of the flight.

“Digital Flight Information Recorder (DFDR) has been recovered from the plane. The floorboard is being minimize to retrieve the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR),” DGCA DG Arun Kumar mentioned.

Based on Robert A Clifford, lead counsel within the case in opposition to Boeing for the final main Boeing crash — the 737 Max eight crash in Ethiopia on March 10, 2019 — and senior companion of Clifford Regulation Places of work, Chicago, the investigation into what brought about immediately’s Air India crash will probably give attention to the aircraft itself and pilot error.

“Early indications level to pilot error. The climate being concerned in all probability speaks to pilot flight error, however the plane’s security programs may have performed a task. Investigators might want to consider the flight knowledge recorder, cockpit voice recorder, and different gadgets, together with professional analysis, to find out what occurred,” he mentioned.

The 2010 report had cautioned of operations at such ‘important airfields’.

The DGCA has categorized sure airfields as important which want particular qualification for the flight crew to undertake operations. The factors for classifying airfields as important are primarily based on varied elements resembling terrain, size of runway, predominance of inclement climate and many others.

“There are 11 such airfields, which embrace the table-top runways of Mangalore, Kozhikode and Lengpui. As well as, airfields resembling Patna, Jammu, Leh, Port Blair, and many others additionally qualify as ‘important airfields’. The operators can add some extra airfields as important, in case extra warning must be exercised throughout operations. As per SOP of Air India Categorical, three airfields at Mangalore, Kozhikode and Pune qualify as ‘important airfields’. These airfields are, subsequently, cleared for operations by skilled flight crew and take off and landings should be carried out by the pilot in command (PIC) solely,” mentioned the report.

Following the Mangalore crash, the court docket of Inquiry beneficial organising of an impartial Indian Civil Aviation Security Board (ICASB) urgently in view of speedy development of aviation within the nation. Such impartial security organisations have been arrange within the USA, UK, Canada, France and Indonesia to call a couple of.

The ICASB will give attention to all flight security associated points to recommend proactive measures, to minimise accidents and incidents, it had mentioned.

Civil Aviation Security Advisory Council (CASAC) had additionally warned the authorities 10 years again that Kozhikode runway was very dangerous for touchdown throughout rains and harsh climate circumstances.

In a letter addressed to the chairman of Civil Aviation Security Advisory Council (CASAC) and civil aviation secretary, CASAC member Captain Mohan Ranganathan had pointed that the Runway 10 of the Kozhikode airport could possibly be dangerous for touchdown in tailwind circumstances in rain.

“I perceive that Runway 10 ILS is getting used on a trial foundation at Calicut. Among the crew are accepting even VOR method on Runway 10. The reason being the decrease minima than Runway 28. Nonetheless, all of the flights that land on Runway 10 in tailwind circumstances in rain, are endangering the lives of all on board,” he had mentioned.

He additionally mentioned that the airport doesn’t have the minimal Runway Finish Security Space (RESA)

“The runway strip is simply half the minimal width laid down in ICAO Annex 14. This truth was recognized to the DGCA crew that has been conducting inspections and security assessments in the course of the previous a number of years. Have they thought of the hazard concerned? Has the DGCA or the airways laid down any operational restrictions or particular procedures?” he had written.

He additionally added that the Air India Categorical accident in Mangalore ought to have alerted the Airport Authority to make the runway circumstances protected. “It’s a harmful scenario, particularly in moist circumstances. Runway 10 approaches shouldn’t be permitted in view of the shortage of RESA and the terrain past the top of the runway. RATIO of 240m must be instantly launched and the runway size must be decreased to make the operations protected,” he had mentioned.

The Boeing 737 jet, on a Vande Bharat mission as flight AIX 1344 from Dubai, was bringing in Indians who have been stranded overseas as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. In all there have been 174 grownup passengers on board, 10 infants, two pilots, and 4 crew members.

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