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New Delhi’s smog is so bad, United won’t fly here

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NEW DELHI – Citing toxic smog that one official said has turned India’s capital city into a ”gas chamber,” United Airlines has canceled flights to New Delhi until the air gets better.

At least in United’s eyes, the Indian capital’s smog concerns are on par with environmental disasters like hurricanes and volcanoes – a risk to be avoided. The company said it was letting passengers switch flights without charge or helping them find seats on other carriers.

It was unclear whether other airlines would follow suit. Virgin Atlantic, KLM, and Etihad Airlines all compete for business to New Delhi.

An advisory on United’s website said travel to New Delhi was suspended through at least Tuesday.


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Incident: AirAsia India A320 at Ranchi on Nov 11th 2017, cargo smoke indication

An AirAsia India Airbus A320-200,  performing flight I5-549 from Ranchi to Delhi with 127 people on board, was climbing out of Ranchi when the crew stopped the climb at about FL170 reporting a cargo smoke indication and returned to Ranchi for a safe landing about 25 minutes after departure.

A replacement A320-200 reached Delhi with a delay of 7:20 hours.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 20 hours, then returned to service


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8 helipads planned in city to airlift patients, ferry VVIPs

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Bengaluru: Eight helipads for as many BBMP zones in the city. That’s the grand plan of the Mayor, R Sampath Raj, to rescue all those patients trapped in ambulances stuck in the city’s notorious traffic jams.
If he has his way, these pillar-top helipads on 40X60 sites will finally help air ambulances take off in the city. And yes, help ease VIP movements.
Here’s the mayor’s rationale, explained to DH: “Every day, I see many ambulances in the city stuck in traffic unable to reach the hospital on time. Hence, I have proposed to have helipads in the eight zones of the city. Patients can then be taken to the hospital immediately by air ambulances.”
The helipad project could be implemented once it is approved by the BBMP Council at its monthly meeting.
“I have already directed the BBMP commissioner to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) and discuss it with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
“The eight helipads will be named after former mayors who served the city,” Raj explained.
The service will be extended to VIPs. “More often, when traffic is blocked for VIP movements, normal traffic is affected.
Each helipad can be built on four pillars raised on a 40X60 plot of land. These landing sites will be equipped with elevators and other facilities to help seamlessly shift patients to the nearest hospital.
However, these structures will have to be approved by the DGCA for their structural strength and safety.engaluru: Eight helipads for as many BBMP zones in the city. That’s the grand plan of the Mayor, R Sampath Raj, to rescue all those patients trapped in ambulances stuck in the city’s notorious traffic jams.
If he has his way, these pillar-top helipads on 40X60 sites will finally help air ambulances take off in the city. And yes, help ease VIP movements.
Here’s the mayor’s rationale, explained to DH: “Every day, I see many ambulances in the city stuck in traffic unable to reach the hospital on time. Hence, I have proposed to have helipads in the eight zones of the city. Patients can then be taken to the hospital immediately by air ambulances.”
The helipad project could be implemented once it is approved by the BBMP Council at its monthly meeting.
“I have already directed the BBMP commissioner to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) and discuss it with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
“The eight helipads will be named after former mayors who served the city,” Raj explained.
Each helipad can be built on four pillars raised on a 40X60 plot of land. These landing sites will be equipped with elevators and other facilities to help seamlessly shift patients to the nearest hospital.
However, these structures will have to be approved by the DGCA for their structural strength and safety.


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Spicejet plane de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 – tail strike upon landing

On 08th Nov 2017 Spicejet owned de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 had minor damage. The plane,  sustained a tail strike upon landing at IGI Airport, New Delhi. There were no personal injuries to all on flight. The incident happened in nighttime, due to low visibility conditions at IGI Airport.


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Flights at Jodhpur take off after runway repairs

Jodhpur: Passengers of three flights, which were stuck here on Friday, 3rd Nov 2017 due to damage of the runway after a Mig-27 developed a technical snag, finally left for their destinations at 10.30 pm the same night.

A tyre of the MIG-27 had burst while landing on Friday afternoon which led the jet to lose its control and its nose hit the ground damaging the runway for about 500 metre.
Swinging into action, the team of air force immediately took charge by rescuing the pilot and initiating the runway restoration work.
“But because of this, the passengers flights, which use the runway of the air force here, got stuck and all the passengers awiting to travel in these flights got stranded with no option than to wait for the nod of the air force to these flights to take off,” said the director of the Jodhpur Civil Airport G K Khare.
Finally, the work could be completed by the airforce by 10 pm and two of the three flights—Spice Jet and Air India (both Delhi bound)— took off by 10.30 pm, while Supreme Airlines suspended its flight.
The airport administration had accommodated the upset passengers in the cafeteria of the airport. They, however, kept waiting for about 8 long hours and boarded their respective planes after the nod of the airport

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Fingers crossed as UN body comes to audit DGCA, airlines next week

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The exercise starts Monday with ICAO’s audit of the Indian aviation regulator.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Indian airline companies are in a last-minute rush to prepare for the 11-day safety audit by International Civil Aviation Organization.

The exercise starts Monday with the audit of the Indian aviation regulator. This will last till November 10.

After that, the United Nations’ aviation watchdog will randomly pick up any of the seven scheduled airlines and subject them to its audit till the process ends on November 16.

The audit is conducted to check DGCA’s compliance with norms and procedures related to airworthiness of planes, pilot training, legislation, licensing, safety procedures at the airports and air traffic control, operations, cabin safety, cockpit sanctity, accident investigation, air navigation and aerodromes. Aviation safety is at the core of ICAO’s fundamental objectives.

DGCA’s last audit by ICAO – done in 2012 – didn’t go very well for it. The UN body had placed India in its list of 13 nations with worst aviation safety standards. That ignominy led to the US Federal Aviation Authority downgrading India in 2014. This meant that Indian airline companies could not add any more routes to their network in the US or enter into new codeshare agreements with airlines flying to that country.

FAA restored the grade in 2015 but the history has left its impressions which can only go away after a good long track record.

The DGCA has hired 75 flight operation inspectors for various airlines on a contractual basis to meet the ICAO norms. The DGCA has aligned most of its rules — called civil aviation requirements – as per ICAO norms, an official with an airline said.

This is the first time ICAO will audit Indian airline companies in a random manner. Quite naturally, officials at DGCA and the airline companies are praying for the entire exercise to pass smoothly to prevent any repeat of 2012.

Questions over safety standards do not sit well with a nation that is the third-largest market by the number of local passengers flying annually. The country is among the fastest growing aviation market in the world with the local traffic expected to touch 126 million in 2017-18 on a growth rate of 22 percent.


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Jet Airways Flight Diverted After Frequent Flyer Planted ‘Bomb Letter’ In Toilet

Category : Incidents Civil

  • The pilot of the Boeing 737-900 plane alerted the Ahmedabad airport authorities about the threatening letter.
  • Jet Airways Flight Diverted After Frequent Flyer Planted ‘Bomb Letter’ In Toilet
  • Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight  was diverted to Ahmedabad after an “onboard security threat”

Passenger planted threatening note in toilet, setting off hijack alarm. Earlier, he had carried a cockroach and pretended to find it in food Authorities suspect he has ‘an old grouse’ with the airline.
A frequent flyer traveling on the Jet Airways Mumbai-Delhi flight early on Monday has confessed to planting a threatening note in a toilet, which set off a hijack alarm, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.
The passenger, a jeweller from Gujarat’s Amreli now based in Mumbai, was believed to be obsessed with an air-hostess and wanted her attention. Sources say the last time he flew, he carried a cockroach and pretended to find it in his meal. He had also nursed a grudge against the airline for some time, but it is not yet clear why.
The aviation minister identified the offender as Salla Birju. The businessman has been detained after investigators established that he was the only one to visit the toilet before the note was found by an air hostess.
“A man Salla Birju has confessed that he had kept the threatening note to destabilize operations in the Jet Airways flight,” said the minister, adding that he had advised Jet Airways to “put him on the no-fly list immediately apart from other criminal action”. If the airline does so, he could be the first passenger to make it to the no-fly list after new rules were enforced in September to allow airlines to ban unruly passengers for periods ranging from three months to over two years.
Yesterday morning, the Jet Airways flight took off a little before 3 am from Mumbai and was soon diverted to Ahmedabad, where it landed 45 minutes later. The airline, in a statement, said the plane was diverted after the “declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat”.
What had set off the scare was a printed letter in the bathroom in Urdu and English, which suggested that there was a bomb in the cargo hold of the plane. It said that the flight “is covered by hijackers and aircraft should not be land and flown straight to POK.”
On reading the letter, the pilot of the Boeing 737-900 plane reportedly pressed the hijack button, alerting the Ahmedabad airport to a threat. After the plane, with 122 passengers including seven crew members, landed in Ahmedabad, everyone was screened and their bags checked. The passengers were photographed and questioned for hours on details like their last overseas visit. The flight took off for Delhi six hours later, with Air Marshals on board.


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Airports to have bomb detection and disposal squads

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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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