Bird hits: A very serious threat
With the number of bird hit incidents not going down at Delhi or any other airport in the country, a concerned Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed airport operators to take serious measures to curb the menace. Sidhartha Roy reports.delhi Updated: May 13, 2011 00:27 IST
With the number of bird hit incidents not going down at Delhi or any other airport in the country, a concerned Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed airport operators to take serious measures to curb the menace.
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport witnessed 66 incidents of bird hits in 2010, the highest in the country. Other airports where bird hits are a big menace include Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bhubaneshwar.
DGCA, the country's civil aviation regulator, has prepared a slide with information and directed all airport operators to put these inside the airport and other locations in the vicinity to inform people about the danger posed by bird hits.
DGCA has also directed the airport operators to try to remove slum clusters, garbage dumps and slaughter houses outside the airport by talking with local civic authorities. Airport operators have also been told to strictly monitor waterlogging inside and near the airport that they believe attracts birds.
Slides to be put up outside the airport will advise residents living nearby to have a proper garbage disposal plan for their colony.
It also informs them that a fine of R1 lakh or imprisonment up to three months can be imposed for slaughtering animals or throwing garbage near the airport.
Incidents of birds hitting aircrafts usually occur while landing or take-off.
There is not much impact if a bird hits the plane's body but when it gets sucked inside the engine, it causes engine failure. In July 2008, an Air Mauritius flight caught fire and passengers had to be evacuated after it suffered a bird hit.
"It's a dangerous situation and we are concerned that the numbers are not coming down," DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan had earlier told HT. "Birds are attracted by worms and rodents that roam the grass area in the airfield," said a senior DGCA official.
He said the slide has been prepared to educate people and how to control the menace.