Spe­cial AAI team vis­its Tiruchy air­port

Of­fi­cials also visit ac­ci­dent site; flight op­er­a­tion con­tin­ues as nor­mal

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A SPE­CIAL team of the Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) from Delhi ar­rived at Tiruchy In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Satur­day to in­spect the con­di­tion of the In­stru­ment Land­ing Sys­tem (ILS) that got dam­aged af­ter the Air In­dia flight bound for Dubai scraped past the outer wall of the air­port.

The Air In­dia Ex­press air­craft which took off to Dubai on Fri­day dam­aged the five an­ten­nas, mon­i­tor and con­trol unit of the ILS. Cur­rently, the air­port is us­ing the al­ter­na­tive nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems and op­er­a­tions are go­ing on without any is­sues.

Air­port of­fi­cials also in­spected the ac­ci­dent spot with sources say­ing that the team will stay in Tiruchy till Mon­day.

“We have the al­ter­na­tive sys­tems in place for man­ag­ing the op­er­a­tions. The ac­ci­dent has not af­fected our op­er­a­tion and ILS in­stru­ments would get re­paired in a month,” the sources added. “It was an ac­ci­dent and sim­i­lar ac­ci­dents can hap­pen any­where. There­fore, there is no point in get­ting fright­ened about it,” said V Karthik, a Sin­ga­pore-bound pas­sen­ger who ar­rived at the air­port.

Mean­while, the au­thor­i­ties made some tem­po­rary re­pair work at the dam­aged bound­ary wall of the air­port. The spot has be­come an at­trac­tion zone with peo­ple tak­ing self­ies at the site.

“The videos of the ac­ci­dent spot has al­ready gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia plat­forms. We thought it would be in­ter­est­ing to take a pic­ture at the ac­ci­dent spot,” said R Vivek, a city res­i­dent. Yet, the nearby res­i­dents are not so cu­ri­ous.

“Af­ter that in­ci­dent, I was not able to have a sleep peace­fully. When­ever I hear a small noise, I would go out to make sure that we are safe,” said R Xavier, who lives in a thatched house near to the air­port.

Of­fi­cials dis­missed these fears and con­firmed that there is no need for un­nec­es­sary panic. “It was an ac­ci­dent and we are al­ready tak­ing mea­sures for en­sur­ing safety,” they as­sured.

The videos of the ac­ci­dent spot has al­ready gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia plat­forms. We thought it would be in­ter­est­ing to take a pic­ture at the ac­ci­dent spot

A res­i­dent of Tiruchy

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