Flying to GOA this summer! BEWARE
The blind landing row at Goa (GOI) has new developments as DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) has officially sought an explanation from four airlines for violating its directive by operating eight flights daily to Goa’s Dabolim airport in the last few days with pilots making “blind landings” in violation of safety norms.
Currently the Goa airport is undergoing maintenance works and has been put on ‘curfew hours’ from April 4 to April 30 this year. The unavailability of the precision approach path indicator, which indicates the landing path, makes the pilot undertake landings visually. The radar system also indicates the distance and height of the plane before touchdown. All the airlines were asked not to operate during this time as it is dangerous for flight landings without the PPI.
Flights of Kingfisher Airlines, GoAir, JetLite and Jet Airways all operated in the past few days from 9am-1pm and 3pm-7pm when vital ground navigational aids were switched off for maintenance work at the airport. All these were warned by DCGA and a strong action is expected to be taken soon on the violators.
So if you were in one of those flights, you are the lucky. Be informed to have a safe holiday this summer.
Source: Telegraph India
Petra Vaškových, Apr 21, 2011
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