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No scare over landing of Cameron`s aircraft in Delhi: Patel

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 22:03

New Delhi: There was no scare or safety
concern over the landing of British Prime Minister`s aircraft
at Delhi`s IGI Airport last week due to a radar glitch and
there was no disruption of any flight, Government said today.

Replying to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha,
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said Premier David
Cameron`s aircraft was also "landed on Runway 11 at time 1756
IST without any delay".

To members` queries on reports about delay in landing of
the Boeing 747 carrying the British delegation last Wednesday,
he said "nothing of that sort happened".

The members had raised questions on the basis of media
reports that Cameron`s flight faced problems while landing at
Delhi and was delayed.

The British VIP aircraft and all other arrivals and
departures in Delhi were "constantly monitored simultaneously
on Auto Trac-2 (computer system of Air Traffic Control) as
well as the Auto Trac-3 system and there was no impact on the
ATC operations at any stage on that day. Both are parallel

"Contrary to media reports, there was no safety concern or
scare," Patel said, adding that the Auto Trac-2 system was all
along maintained as "a hot stand-by", meaning it was
simultaneously operational along with the Auto Trac-3 system
as an emergency backup.

He asserted that there was "no disruption of incoming or
outgoing flights" as the Auto Trac-3 system, an upgrade to
existing Auto Trac-2 system, was under validation process at
the Delhi airport.

At 1750 hours on July 28, a "software glitch" in the Auto
Trac-3 system led to the failure of the display units of some
display units of the ATC control tower. However, the display
units of Auto Trac-2 were operating normally, he said.

The pilot of the VIP aircraft reported on the Instrument
Landing System and subsequently changed over to tower control,
Patel added.

Describing the Mangalore air crash as a "blemish" on the
safety record of India maintained for the last ten years,
Patel said "it is important to learn from the mistakes".

The Minister allayed members` apprehensions about safety
at unlicensed airports, saying all international regulations
were being complied with while constructing the airports.

Patel also denied reports of near-misses saying "no air
proximity incident has taken place in the last few years".


First Published: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 22:03
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