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Monthly Archives: October 2017

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Airports to have bomb detection and disposal squads

Category : News

New Delhi: Bomb detection and disposal squads will now be available at airports across India as part of efforts to strengthen security that also include upgradation of baggage screening systems to bring them on a par with global standards.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has simplified rules to make this possible, officials said.

“The new rules will ensure availability of BDDS (bomb detection and disposal squads) at all airports in India. The new baggage screening system will be in line with the best available globally,” said a senior BCAS official, who did not want to be identified.

“The new screening system will provide a view of the luggage from two sides, leaving little scope for any doubts in the minds of security personnel.”

This comes after the detection of a large number of power banks in the baggage at various airports in the country following an alert by the Intelligence Bureau that terrorists could try to trigger a blast inside an airplane in the country.

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Aircraft hits dog on runway; aborts takeoff, everyone safe

Vasco: An IndiGo flight to Mumbai from Goa had to abort at take-off after the flight hit a dog on the runway at the Dabolim International Airport on the evening of Monday, 23rd Oct 2017. The flight was almost full and all the passengers were reportedly safe.
According to information available, the incident occurred at about 5.23 pm when the aircraft with around 163 passengers accelerated. The pilot noticed a stray dog sitting on the middle of the runway and decided to abort takeoff as a precautionary measure.
“Noticing a stray dog on the runway the pilot applied the brakes, he however hit the dog. The pilot alerted the ground staff and flight engineers. Information of the incident was provided to the passengers and subsequently all the passengers were deplaned after the flight was brought back to airport apron. An inspection of the aircraft was conducted and during the inspection it was observed that one of the main wheels of the aircraft had stress marks due to aborted takeoff. The same was changed and the aircraft with all the passengers departed at 8.23 pm” airport sources said.

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Lax Airport Maintenance caused SpiceJet Q400 Accident

An Investigation ordered by Ministry of Civil Aviation,  comprising of Sh. A. X. Joseph, Deputy Director, AAIB as Chairman with Capt. Nitin Anand and Sh. K Ramachandran, Air Safety Officer, AAIB as members has found that Jabalpur airport failed to conduct required inspections and maintain its boundaries, allowing wildlife to stray onto the runway and collide with a landing SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 in 2015.

On 04.12.2015, M/s Spice Jet ltd. Bombardier Q-400 aircraft VT-SUC operating a scheduled flight SG-1087, (Mumbai- Jabalpur) was involved in an accident due wild life strike during landing roll at Jabalpur with 49 passengers, two cabin crew and two pilots on-board, when the accident occurred around dawn.

Five or six seconds after touching down, the aircraft struck a heard of wild boars on the runway, causing the left main landing gear to collapse. That resulted in the left propeller shearing off and the nose gear collapsing, after which the aircraft exited the runway and came to rest on soft ground.

Nobody was injured in the accident, but  the aircraft was subsequently written-off.

India’s Air Accident Investigation Board found that the accident was caused by the boars, but stated that the airport failed to maintain a number of boundary walls and the vegetation around them. This allowed the animals to make it onto the operational surface.

It recommended that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation “reiterate instructions to all aerodrome operators” to comply with its requirements to maintain boundary walls and fences, as required under their licenses.

FULL REPORT : http://www.dgca.nic.in/accident/reports/VT-SUC.pdf

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Soon, Seaplanes To Take Flight in India

Category : News

New Delhi: A team, comprising members from the ministry of civil aviation, Airports Authority of India and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been formed to look in to the feasibility of operation of scheduled amphibious flights in India. The decision comes just weeks after a meeting between all stakeholders concluded to look into the conditions necessary for seaplanes to function.

A highly placed ministry official confirmed that the team will be checking the conditions at various places in India. The official also said that if the feasibility conditions are met, the amphibious planes can also be helpful in the Sagarmala project, which was started for development of the ports in the country.
The report will be submitted by early December, considering the two months given to the team to look into the criteria for the water drone and aerodrome necessities for seaplanes (including water depth). As the teams look for feasibility aspect of scheduled seaplanes to function in India, one of the most important criterion that the team is looking at is ensuring the planes have double engine aircrafts. Some functional private seaplanes, the official added, have single engines. For a flight in India, according to plans being laid out, it’s imperative that the planes have double engines.
Scheduled amphibious planes would further result in better connectivity with coastal areas and also the areas which were earlier inaccessible. For example, the feasibility team is expected to check Tihri dam for the conditions that are needed for a seaplane to land. A few airlines like Spicejet and Mehair air service have already shown interest in the operation, the official added.

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Smoke from phone sparks midair scare

On Friday, 20th Oct 2017, a mobile phone kept in a passenger’s handbag caught fire mid-air on a Jet Airways flight from Delhi to Indore.  As the cabin started filling with fumes, the 80 passengers started panicking. However, the flight’s crew managed to subdue them.
The phone burst in the bag of Arpita Dhall, who was on seat 11E. Her husband, Atul Dhall, told : “We heard a thud from under the seat and then fumes started spreading. There were three mobile phones in my wife’s handbag, which was tucked under her seat.”
In a statement, the airline said. “The Jet Airways crew (took) all necessary precautionary measures as per the prescribed guidelines. The mobile device was taken into custody for further investigations. There was no injury to guests or crew or (damage to) any part of the cabin. The aircraft landing was safe and uneventful.”
In a statement, the airline said. “The Jet Airways crew (took) all necessary precautionary measures as per the prescribed guidelines. The mobile device was taken into custody for further investigations. There was no injury to guests or crew or (damage to) any part of the cabin. The aircraft landing was safe and uneventful.”

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Fuel tanker catches fire at eastern Indian airport

New Delhi: A major fire tragedy was averted at the International Airport in the Eastern Indian city of Kolkata on Wednesday, 18th Oct 2017 after a fuel tanker went up in flames at the old apron where planes are re-fueled, officials said.
There have been no casualties or any damage to any aircraft at the apron. “The operations at the busy Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport are also not affected,” a senior fire official said.
“The fire engulfed the fuel tanker parked in front of the apron at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in minutes. Fire tenders have been pressed into service to contain the flames,” he said.
A probe has been ordered into the incident, the official added.
This is the second fire in the past one month. On Sept. 14, an inferno engulfed a boarding gate at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. However, the fire was put out soon and there were no casualties.

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20 Air Force Planes To Land On Agra Expressway Next Week In Special Drill

Category : Incidents Military , News

NEW DELHI: Twenty planes of the Indian Air Force will land on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway next week in an exercise that will help the IAF operate in a wide range of emergency situations, a defence spokesperson said. The aircraft that will practice the difficult landing on October 24 include AN-32 transport plane and Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jets.

Starting 20th Oct. 2017, no vehicles will be allowed to run on the stretch of the expressway which will be used as a landing strip.

The IAF aircraft will land on the stretch of the expressway near Bangarmau in Unnao district, some 65 kilometres from Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow, Gargi Malik Sinha, Public Relations Officer of Defence, Central Command told.

“It is for the first time any transport aircraft will land and then take off (from a road). The AN-32s are meant for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during floods or any other natural calamity,” Ms Sinha said. “The aircraft can bring a large amount of relief material. It can also help in evacuating people.”
Several countries allow their air force to practice landing on and taking off from large highways in order to ensure air operations continue even when an airbase has been knocked out by enemy forces or natural disaster. Switzerland has several such highways that can be used as landing strips by its air force.

In May 2015, a Mirage 2000 fighter jet of the IAF test-landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Delhi as part of a drill for emergency landings on national highways. Another six IAF fighter jets — Sukhoi 30MKIs and Mirage 2000s — performed simulated landings in November 2016 when the Agra-Lucknow Expressway was inaugurated.

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Regional UDAN flight path to land on water with amphibian planes

Category : News

New Delhi: The government’s scheme for enhancing regional air connectivity Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) may soon introduce new modes of transport—seaplanes and amphibian planes—as the civil aviation ministry has decided to conduct feasibility study to explore the possibility of having waterdromes for operating seaplanes. Currently, only regular aircrafts are flying under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) which aims at making air travel affordable as flight fares are capped at a maximum price of Rs 2,500 per hour for 50 per cent seats.

A senior ministry official confirmed the development on Wednesday and said that the government decided to look into the idea of starting seaplanes operations under RCS after some entities approached the government expressing interest for the same. According to sources, two airlines which includes budget airline SpiceJet, sent the ministry a list of around 16 to 20 places that could be utilised as waterdromes. Sources said that the list includes certain locations on the Tehri dam in Uttarakhand, Amby valley in Maharashtra, the coastal belt connecting Gujarat to Kerala and the union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Daman and Dui..

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Fire at Delhi’s IGI airport disrupts flights; 2 Vistara, Air India jets abort landing at last minute

Category : News

New Delhi : A fire at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) on Friday, 13th Oct 2017 morning forced at least two flights to abort landing at the last minute. This fire took place near one of the runways at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The incident happened around 11 am in the morning when a patch of grass near runway 27 caught fire. Sources present at the spot told that it was a minor fire which lasted only for a few minutes.
However, this fire was enough to force two flights to abort their landing. Vistara’s UK 970 arriving from Mumbai and another Air India plane had to do a go-around because of the fire, officials at the airport said. There were no comments from airport sources on whether fire engines had to be deployed to douse the fire.
Named after Indira Gandhi, a former Prime Minister of India, it is the busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic since 2009.

Baggage tow tractor rams into Air India plane at IGI airport

New Delhi, 14th Oct 2017 : An electronic baggage tow tractor on Saturday collided into an Air India plane at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport delaying a flight to Shanghai by 45 minutes.
Air India has instituted an inquiry into the incident and the ground staff involved have been derostered, the airline’s spokesperson GP Rao said.
There were no injuries sustained in the accident, according to Air India.
The incident happened around 11 am when Shanghai-bound AI 348 was parked at IGI. An electronic tow truck carrying luggage of passengers rammed into one of the engines of the Boeing 787 aircraft.
The flight was scheduled for takeoff at 11.40 am and the airline’s spoksperson said the boarding for the flight had not started by then.
“The electric tow tug carrying baggage came in contact with the engine of a parked aircraft. The aircraft is being inspected for any damage,” Rao said in a statement.

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