The Indian Express | 1 week ago | 23-06-2022 | 03:35 am
A mock drill was conducted at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad to test the emergency response protocol from 11 am to 1 pm on Wednesday.According to a source, the drill was a full-scale emergency exercise to deal with the aircraft, and record the response time of the crew. “Such exercises are mandatory and happen almost every month to revise the protocol,” a source told this paper.The exercise was carried out during the “no-aircraft movement” period, said a statement from Adani Group which runs the airport. This was to ensure that no disruption occurred to the normal operation of the airport.“An artificial aircraft was prepared based on Airbus A320 passenger aircraft — the most common aircraft in use. It was about handling an issue of hydraulic failure in the engine, due to which an emergency landing was made, followed by a crash,” said Om Jadeja, Divisional Fire Officer at Ahmedabad Fire & Emergency Services (AFES), who was part of the drill.“This continued effort is to remind and ensure all agencies and team members are sensitised about their role in times of emergency,” said the Adani group, which manages the Ahmedabad airport, in a statement.As per Jadeja, during the exercise, two dispatch units, each from Naroda and Shahpur fire stations, were sent to the “crash site”. One contingency task force was deployed containing 25 firefighters at work, and it took 14 minutes torespond in the shortest time from the Shahpur station, which is the nearest, according to him.“Over 600 airport staff including the fire service, city police, nearby city fire brigades and ambulance crews from three hospitals were involved in the exercise. To ensure no disruption to the airport’s normal operations, the exercise was carried out during no aircraft movement period,” said the Adani statement.According to Jadeja, over 30 vehicles were at disposal, six from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation fire department, 18 from the police department, six ambulances and vehicles from other governmental agencies.
Customs officials at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport had to literally “dig deeper” to recover drugs from a foreign traveller. The officials detained a 30-year-old Nigerian who arrived from Dubai early on Monday morning after he was suspected of carrying drugs. As many as 95 capsules filled with drugs were recovered from his gut.The Customs officials had kept a watch at the international airport on the basis of information that a passenger on an Emirates flight was carrying drugs worth millions of rupees inhis stomach.The officials intercepted the youth and sent him for an X-ray and CT Scan at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, which revealed that the drug consignment was snug and safe in his large intestine.The man was admitted to the Civil Hospital on Monday, with officials waiting patiently for him to attend nature’s call to recover the 95 capsules.The drug consignment was recovered over four days during the man’s ablutions.The capsules will now be sent for a narco analysis to confirm their content.Officials said the Nigerian landed in Ahmedabad via an Emirates flight. The customs officials following a tip-off lay in wait. They zeroed in on the youth after he acted suspiciously.The accused was questioned and later taken to hospital.Regarding the number of capsules found in the Nigerian’s stomach, the doctors at Civil Hospital had told Customs officials said, “The man must have conducted retrograde insertion (pushing things in the body from the rectum) as it is impossible for anyone to swallow 95 pills each of which was 2.5 inches long and 1 inch wide.”Doctors ruled out surgery as it would have ruptured the intestine and resulted in the death of the accused.Dr Rajnish Patel, Additional Superintendent of Civil Hospital said such capsules can only be taken out through the bowel through defecation. “The youth was given medicines to clean his bowel and the 95 capsules were recovered,” said Patel.
Go-First Airlines will stop its operations from Surat airport from July 1 to August 11 due to inadequate passenger load. Airport sources said Go-First operates flights from Surat to Pune, Bangalore and Delhi, but inadequate passenger load has forced it to suspend flights and it has stopped accepting bookings for the period.A Go-First official said, “The aviation industry is making strenuous efforts to strike a balance after Covid. At such times it is difficult for any airline (to run) if the passenger load is inadequate. Go-First has decided to temporarily halt operations from Surat. It will recommence operations if there is adequate passenger load.”
Adding to the recent spate of bird-hit flights, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath‘s chopper made an emergency landing post one such hit right after take-off. Reports state that officials said that a bird hit the window of the Lucknow-bound helicopter after it took off from the airport. Subsequently, the pilot requested an emergency landing and the chopper landed back safely at Varanasi’s Police Lines Ground.Here’s what to know about bird hits and passenger safetyWhile most bird strikes are manageable, the ones considered critical are collisions that happen with a window or windscreen which might crack the structure. In such cases, pilots look to land as soon as possible. Strikes can be of two types – a small bird, and a big bird, or a flock of birds.Such cases are reported during landing and take-off which can also distract the pilot during the most important stages of the flight. According to Colonel Rajgopalan (retired), founder of Aviation Training India, a company which trains and mentors pilots, “Since modern aircrafts are well-equipped with triple modular redundancy (where if one system goes off, other substitutes), minor bird strikes can be handled by pilots in most instances.”Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special priceWhat happens in case of bird activity?An aircraft has to take off at a particular speed which can’t be reduced due to bird activity, explained Colonel Rajgopalan. “Normally, in case of heavy bird activity, Air Traffic Control itself delays the departure and deploys techniques to scare the birds off like using blow guns which are cylinders of gas that make noise due to the air pressure, or shiny metal ribbons that are tied near runways to scare off birds,” he said.Recently, following the incidences of such bird strikes as well as animal hits on airport runways, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) wrote to States to carry out aerodrome inspections to check on wildlife presence in the nearby areas of airports and runways.“We are all aware that during the monsoon season, wildlife (birds and animals) activity increases in and around airports. The presence of wildlife in the airport vicinity poses a serious threat to aircraft operational safety,” the DGCA noted in its letter to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and private airport operators.According to a previous indianexpress.com report, the top five airports which reported the most wildlife strike incidents in 2021 were Delhi (231), Mumbai (140), Ahmedabad (71), Kolkata (70) and Kochi (56).In its letter, the DGCA asked the airports to ensure that within the airport premises, the grass is trimmed and insecticide is sprayed, in addition to conducting frequent runway inspections for bird activities and deploying bird chasers and bird-scaring devices. It also stated that airports must ensure regular garbage disposal in the operational area and to avoid water concentration and open drains.“All airports are requested to review their wildlife hazard management plan for any gap and ensure strict implementation of strategies for wildlife hazard management within and also outside the airfield,” the DGCA said in its letter.Agreed Colonel Rajgopalan and said that bird activity near airports must be reduced. “The old airports have lots of garbage dumps around them where birds congregate. In foreign countries, there is strict law against garbage dumping areas within a particular radius of the airport. But in India, these laws are not being followed. This is the reason why there is a lot of bird activity near an airport or helipad,” the expert told indianexpress.com.What can passengers do in such times?Mark D Martin, MRAeS, member of Royal Aeronautical Society United Kingdom, CEO of Martin Consulting. Martin Consulting which is an aviation safety firm based in Asia, said that passengers “cannot do much”. “Bird hits are a result of man-animal conflicts, and can occur at any time. Here, passenger cannot really help except trying to maintain calm,” he told indianexpress.com.According to Colonel Rajgopalan, passenger should:*Be alert and if they are sitting close to the emergency exit, they should inform the cabin crew of any fire etc.*Fasten their seatbelts until the seat belt sign comes off.*Listen to the instructions of the crew and follow them.What can helipads and airports do?*Helipads should be made where the approach and departure path should be clear.*Helipads should be devoid of dust. “No dust in the helipad because while landing, so much dust gets kicked up. Sometimes, we are not even able to see if there is any small bird coming,” he said.📣 For more lifestyle news, follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook and don’t miss out on the latest updates!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday praised NDA’s Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu for her “understanding of the problems on the ground” and dubbed her vision for India’s development as “extraordinary”.The Prime Minister made the remarks after he met Murmu in New Delhi. After Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also met the NDA’s Presidential candidate.Murmu will also be meeting several Union ministers and veteran leaders before filing her nomination for the post of President on Friday.Sharing pictures of his meeting with Murmu on Twitter, Prime Minister Modi wrote, “Met Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her Presidential nomination has been appreciated across India by all sections of society. Her understanding of grassroots problems and vision for India’s development is outstanding.”Murmu, who reached the national capital on Thursday, was welcomed at the Delhi airport by Union Ministers Arjun Munda, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Virendra Kumar, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and BJP’s national media co-in-charge Sanjay Mayukh. Several other BJP leaders and workers were also present at the airport to welcome her.Murmu on Friday will file her nomination for the Presidential election. Prime Minister Modi, BJP President J.P. Nadda, Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states will also be present during her nomination.To make the nomination filing a grand event, the BJP has invited its allies as well as Biju Janata Dal, which has announced its support to Murmu, to attend nomination filing.The Opposition parties have declared Yashwant Sinha as their joint candidate. The election for the next President of the country will be held on July 18 while the result will be declared on July 21.
A mock drill of a purported plane hijack was conducted by National Security Guards (NSG) and other security agencies at Ahmedabad airport on Wednesday.Sources said, to check the emergency response of personnel, a full-scale drill was organised at SVPI airport between 11 am and 1 pm. A terrorist group had hijacked a SpiceJet aircraft and landed it in an open space. Soon after, a blast occurred in an aircraft model resulting in fire, which was extinguished by the fire personnel. NSG, CISF and local police participated in the drill.More than 600 members of airport staff, city police, fire brigade and ambulances from 3 hospitals took part. The exercise was carried out at a time when the aircraft was not flying so as not to disrupt day-to-day operations of the airport. AM