The Mumbai airport operator has brought new collision-prone spots on the airfield to the notice of pilots, bringing the tally of danger spots to six The Airport Authority of India (AAI) declared these spots in a circular issued on September 23. All the new danger spots are at the intersections of taxiways parallel to the secondary runway.
This would mean there are chances of airplanes colliding with each other, or other vehicles on the airfield, or skidding off the runway.
These spots were identified based on previous such instances. These spots are more critical now because from November onwards to July 1, 2011, the main runway will be a shut for repairs daily from 9am to 5pm.
As a result, only the smaller runway will handle all the 702 take-offs and landings for eight hours a day.
The intersection of taxiway K1 and E7, taxiway N and N1, taxiway S and S1 and taxiway W1 and E1 are the new danger spots listed in the circular.
Last month, the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) had warned pilots to be careful of areas where both runways intersect, and the point where taxiway W4 and E4 intersect.
“It will be of great help if a pilot knows about these spots in advance,” said a senior pilot with the private airline requesting anonymity.
Following a series of near-collisions and runway skid-offs, a MIAL team consulted airports such as the Sao Paulo Airport in Brazil, which is infamous for its runway overruns, to tackle the problem.
As an outcome of the visit, the airport authority with help from AAI, regularly survey the airfield to identify such risky stretches.
In addition to these danger spots, construction work on parts of runways, taxiways and aircraft parking bays for the next eight months will make manoeuvring more challenging for pilots.