Patna airport under scanner post-Mangalore crash

A safety audit has found that the Patna airport is the most critical aerodrome in the country.

Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 14:06 PM IST

Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: The Civil Aviation Ministry, in a safety audit, has found that the Patna airport is the most critical aerodrome in the country, and may have to be shut down if necessary infrastructure changes are not made by the state government.

According to a report published Wednesday, a safety audit by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, conducted in the aftermath of the Mangalore air crash, zeroed in 11 airports as ‘critical’. Of them, the airport at Patna was found to be most critical.

The Civil Aviation Minister had yesterday informed the Parliament about the 11 critical airports.

The other airports are located at Leh, Kullu, Shimla, Port Blair, Agartala, Lengpui, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Latur and Jammu.

Meanwhile, the Bihar government has been asked to improve the infrastructure of the airport, failing which the facility may have to be shut down.

“The Civil Aviation Ministry has asked the state government to either relocate the critical 6,000-feet airstrip, which is fit to operate only small aircraft, or suggest ways to improve and expand the airstrip,” the report said.

In May this year, a Dubai-Mangalore Air India flight overshot the Mangalore airport runway and then crashed into the thick forested valley off the runway after slamming through a boundary wall, killing 158.