Magong Air­port gets new in­stru­ment land­ing sys­tem

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A new in­stru­ment land­ing sys­tem was in­au­gu­rated Thurs­day at Magong Air­port in out­ly­ing Penghu County, which is ex­pected to im­prove safety af­ter a fa­tal crash just out­side the air­port un­der stormy con­di­tions last July.

Hung Chien-nan, di­rec­tor of Magong Air­port, said the air­port orig­i­nally had only one set of in­stru­ment land­ing sys­tems for its Run­way 02.

Af­ter last year’s TransA­sia plane crash with the loss of 48 lives, the Civil Aero­nau­tics Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided to in­stall an ad­di­tional in­stru­ment land­ing sys­tem and air­port ap­proach lights for Run­way 20.

With the new in­stru­ment land­ing sys­tem, the vis­i­bil­ity re­quire­ment for the run­way has dropped from 1,600 me­ters to 1,200 me­ters.

TransA­sia Flight GE 222, which took off from Kaoh­si­ung last July 23, crashed in Penghu af­ter abort­ing a land­ing in un­sta­ble weather and try­ing to make a go around. Of the 58 peo­ple on­board, 48 were killed.

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