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‘New runway not tricky as old one’

india Updated: May 23, 2010 00:09 IST
Mangalore runway

A senior Jet Airways commander speaks about the Mangalore runway where the Air India Express aircraft may have tried to abort a landing...

As I see it, the new runway at Mangalore airport is no different from any other runway in the country.

The old runway was very short — around 5,000 feet odd. So, it was always tricky to land there. The pilot had to land precisely and stop the aircraft within a short distance. The pilot needed to handle the aircraft very efficiently. Despite that, there have been very few incidents on the old runway. But the new runway, where the accident has happened, is like any other runway where there should not have been any problem unless one has overshot.

If a pilot lands beyond the touch down point, his runway length gets reduced and it gets difficult to halt the aircraft.

What’s more, the Mangalore airport is located on a hill top and surrounded by a valley, the pilot needs to stop the aircraft within the given runway length.

The only scary incident that occurred on the old runway was in the 1980s, when an Avro aircraft overshot and ended at the edge of the cliff.