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DGCA bans use of wide-body aircraft at Kozhikode airport during monsoon season after Air India crash

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Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri at the accident website of the Air India Express flight that skidded off a runway in Kozhikode, on Saturday. 

Use of wide-body aircraft at Kozhikode Airport during the monsoon season has been banned, Directorate General of Civil Aviation knowledgeable on Tuesday. The choice was taken 4 days after a narrow-body B737 aircraft of Air India Express with 190 folks on board overshot the runway and crashed at the Kozhikode airport amid downpour.

“As a means of abundant caution, we have stopped them from coming to Calicut till the Monsoon season,” the nation’s aviation watchdog mentioned in an announcement.

Wide-body aircraft like B747 and A350 have a much bigger gasoline tank and might due to this fact journey longer distances compared to narrow-body aircraft like B737 and A320.

Wide-body aircraft operations had been permitted at this airport from 2019.

The senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) mentioned, “The special audit will be done at airports like Mumbai and Chennai that are affected by heavy rains annually.”

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages greater than 100 airports within the nation, together with the one in Kozhikode.

However, main airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are managed by personal corporations.

The Air India Express flight from Dubai overshot the tabletop runway on Friday evening, fell right into a valley 35 ft under and broke into items, killing 18 folks, together with each the pilots.

The airline on Tuesday mentioned 74 passengers injured within the aircraft crash in Kozhikode have been discharged from hospitals after “obtaining complete fitness”.

A day after the crash, Congress MP Manickam Tagore had tweeted that the AAI and the DGCA “seem to have ignored” the proposal for utilizing Engineered Material Arrestor System (EMAS) expertise to make sure the protection of Kozhikode airport’s tabletop runway.

The AAI works underneath the Civil Aviation Ministry.

The EMAS is a novel floor of particular supplies that’s constructed at the tip of the runway to cease the aircraft in its tracks if it has overshot the realm whereas touchdown.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri mentioned on Monday that the Kozhikode airport is provided with Runway End Safety Area (RESA) as per the protection tips of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He mentioned the supply of EMAS will not be necessary in a civil airport as per the ICAO tips.

A wide-body aircraft additionally wants an extended runway size to take off or land. The tabletop runway 10 of the Kozhikode airport is roughly 2,700 metres lengthy.

(With PTI inputs)

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