AI flight makes risky landing in Aizawl

Last Updated: Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 21:55

Aizawl: Were the airport authorities here
taking a big risk in clearing the touchdown of an Air-India
aircraft despite a key equipment required during landing not
functional?

An Air-India Kolkata-Aizawl flight Sunday landed at the
Lengpui airport, which has one of the three table-top runways,
with 145 passengers onboard after failing to do so for past
three days due to inclement weather and that too when the VOR
(Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range) equipment was out
of order, U K Ghosh, senior manager, Airports Authority of
India, said.

The landing come just weeks after the Mangalore air crash
that claimed 158 lives and some mid-air scares in the recent
past.

The IC-211 landed here at 4.00 pm and though the weather was
good today, the landing took place in the absence of the VOR
instrument, which was out of order, he said.

VOR is a system of navigational beacons positioned in
various locations at the airport. Each beacon broadcasts a
signal at a particular frequency, which is picked up by a
navigation receiver in the aircraft cockpit.

Ghosh said the VOR and the one on standby suddenly did
not work today and the Kolkata-Aizawl flight which was
supposed to land here at 1.40 pm was diverted to Imphal as the
pilot could not land with visual and manual aid.

The same flight again came from Imphal and landed at 4.00
pm.

The 2,500 metre runway of the Lengpui airport is unique
in that it has many streams running underneath. The airport is
one among the three airports in India that has a table top
runway (others being Kozhikode and Mangalore), which creates
an optical illusion that requires a very precise approach from
the pilot.

Lengpui Airport is the second largest in the Northeast
region.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 21:55

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