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DGCA bars use of wide body aircraft at kozhikode

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DGCA bars use of wide body aircraft at kozhikode

new Delhi. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has prohibited the use of large-size aircraft at Kozhikode airport in Kerala during this monsoon. Giving this information on Tuesday, a senior official said that this step has been taken with "extreme caution". In addition, the regulator of the aviation sector has said that it will conduct a special audit of airports with heavy rainfall. The DGCA made this decision in view of the Air India Express plane crash at Kozhikode airport four days ago. Air India Express B737 aircraft from Dubai had fallen into the valley after crossing the runway amid rains. There were 190 people aboard this aircraft. When asked about how long this stay will last, a DGCA official said, "No date has been set." We will wait for the monsoon to end. Taking extra precautions, we have made this decision. "Larger size B747 and A350 aircraft have larger fuel tanks and can travel longer than smaller size B737 or A320 aircraft. In addition, larger aircraft require longer runways to fly or land. Kozhikode Airport's tabletop (built at an altitude) runway has a length of about 2,700 meters. Large-size aircraft were allowed to operate at this airport in 2019.

A senior DGCA official said airports like Mumbai and Chennai affected by heavy rains would be subjected to a special audit. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) operates more than 100 airports in the country. They also include Kozhikode. Major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad are managed by private companies. The Air India Express plane fell 35 feet down into the valley in the accident at Kozhikode airport on Friday night and was split. In this accident, 18 people including both pilots were killed. The airline said on Tuesday that 74 people injured in the accident have been discharged from the hospital. A day after the incident, Congress MP Manikam Tagore tweeted that AAI and DJCCA probably ignored the proposal to use Engineered Material Arrestor System (EMAS) technology for Kozhikode's tabletop runway. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday that Kozhikode airport has a security zone at the edges (RESA) in line with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines. Puri said that EMAS is not mandatory at civil airports under ICAO guidelines.

This post was published on August 12, 2020 12:21 am

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