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No wide-body planes at Kozhikode airport throughout monsoon: Aviation regulator – india information


Large-body planes throughout monsoon season have been banned on the Kozhikode airport, introduced the aviation regulator on Tuesday night following the tragedy final week when a airplane overshot the runway, broke into two on the very airport and killed 18 individuals, together with the 2 pilots.

“As a matter of plentiful warning now we have determined to divert them to neighbouring airports throughout the monsoon season,” Arun Kumar, DG of the Directorate of Civil Aviation, mentioned.

The aviation regulator can be planning to conduct security audits throughout airports in areas that obtain excessive rainfall, he added.

Large physique plane like B747 and A350 have an even bigger gas tank and may subsequently journey longer distances compared to slender physique plane just like the B737 and A320.

The Boeing 737 jet, on a Vande Bharat mission as flight AIX 1344 from Dubai was bringing in Indians who had been stranded overseas as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, met with an accident whereas touchdown on the Kozhikode airport in treacherous circumstances final Friday, breaking into two — making it one of many deadliest industrial aviation disasters within the nation in practically 10 years.

The crash occurred because the airplane tried to land amid heavy tailwinds and rain on the table-top runway and bore hanging similarity to the 2010 Mangalore airport crash when a airplane, additionally an Air India Specific Boeing 737, overshot a tabletop runway and crashed nose-first into the bottom.

So-called tabletop airports have restricted area on the ends of the runway and several other worldwide airways have stopped flying larger plane into Kozhikode on account of questions of safety. Large-body plane operations had been permitted at this airport from 2019.

Considerations had been raised following the 2010 Air India Specific crash in Mangalore that killed 158 individuals on board. That yr, a courtroom of enquiry report by a former Indian Air Pressure chief Air Marshal BN Gokhale famous that tabletop runways require additional ability and warning. The hazard of “undershooting” and “overshooting”, specifically, can result in grave conditions, the report had mentioned.

Kozhikode airport is supplied with Runway Finish Security Space (RESA) as per the Worldwide Civil Aviation Group tips on security, aviation minister Hardeep Puri had mentioned on Monday.

“Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) offers security profit if lower than normal RESA size is offered or at Airports the place RESA can’t be offered on account of constraints. Provision of EMAS just isn’t necessary in a civil aerodrome as per ICAO tips,” Puri mentioned.

“DGCA issued a directive vide letter dated 13.03.2013 on the advice of the Courtroom of Inquiry (COI) Report which said the next reality; AAI to recalculate declared distances to offer 240m (size) of RESA by lowering Touchdown Distance Accessible (LDA) appropriately at Security Important Airports which will be lowered if a suitably designed Plane Decelerating System is offered past minimal 90m (size) of RESA,”

Puri had mentioned that the supply of EMAS at Mangalore and Kozhikode had been examined by AAI in session with the DGCA, following the Air India accident at Mangalore in 2010.

“Tabletop runways at each these Airports are accordingly supplied with RESA of 240m & 90m in compliance to DGCA directive. Additional, contemplating the complexities of put up set up upkeep & points associated with quick alternative of product (in case of injury to EMAS) in such a important security space of RWY-RESA, it was then felt that the set up/provision of EMAS might not be appropriate. Presently a statutory enquiry is on. Specialists will additional research the scenario and causes and make appropriate suggestions,” Puri mentioned.

The black packing containers have been recovered and their knowledge is being examined.

The civil aviation ministry’s accident investigation division, Plane Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), will conduct an in depth investigation into the crash.

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