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DGCA issues circular on safety measures to prevent runway incursions after Japan’s Haneda airport planes collision

To keep away from Japan’s Haneda airport-like aircraft collision attributable to runway incursion, India’s air security watchdog, DGCA, has requested stakeholders to right away deploy a runway security workforce in any respect airports and undertake applied sciences to enhance situational consciousness.

The Directorate Normal of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a round which elaborated that other than establishing a runway security workforce in any respect aerodromes and making certain their efficient functioning, speedy initiatives must be taken in direction of complete coaching for pilots, air visitors controllers, plane upkeep engineers, and drivers working inside an airport.

DGCA’s on how one can forestall runway incursions

Within the round, the DGCA mentioned Air Site visitors Controllers (ATCs) ought to be sure that cease bars are switched on to sign a cease and switched off to point visitors might proceed. In no case, plane or automobiles be instructed to cross illuminated purple cease bars.

Aerodromes, ATCs and airways have been requested to implement contingency measures to cater to unserviceable cease bars.

The DGCA has additionally really helpful the adoption of technological interventions to enhance situational consciousness, thereby aiding Air Site visitors Management (ATC) and different stakeholders to determine the visitors inside the manoeuvering space.

Different suggestions embrace making certain adherence to plain procedures by all concerned personnel/stakeholders and recognising the affect of human elements on efficiency, which can contribute to runway incursions.

As per the DGCA, the fee of runway incursions is reducing and by making certain a proactive strategy amongst all stakeholders, the chance of such incidents could be diminished additional.

Japan aircraft collision

On 2 January, a passenger aircraft and a Japanese Coast Guard plane collided on the runway on the Haneda airport and burst into flames. 5 individuals on board the aircraft of the coast guard had been killed.

The incident occurred attributable to a runway incursion by the Japanese Coast Guard’s DHC-8 plane when Japan Airways plane was within the strategy of touchdown.

Final yr in August, a mishap was averted on the Delhi airport involving two Vistara planes because the ATC inadvertently gave clearance for crossing and take off of two totally different plane on the identical runway on the identical time earlier than cancelling the takeoff.

With inputs from PTI

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