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Air safety incidents at Goa and Delhi airport; 2 pilots suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a day of miraculous escape for air passengers as two major accidents were averted on Tuesday. The first incident pertained to a Goa-Mumbai Jet flight which skidded off at the Goa airport on early morning resulting in 12 people getting injured. The flying licence of the two pilots was suspended and a probe by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) of the Civil Aviation Ministry was launched soon after the incident. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said a thorough time-bound investigation and corrective action shall be ensured.The second incident happened at national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport when an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft came dangerously close to each other on the runway, allegedly because of bad weather and due to ‘miscommunication’ with the Air Traffic Control (ATC). Both incidents raised questions on India’s air safety record which is obviously a cause of worry as the country is one of the fastest growing aviation market.A three-member team of AAIB rushed to Goa for inspection of the spot of accident, sources in the Ministry said. “Prima facie the runway accident appears to be the pilot’s fault. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has withdrawn the flying privileges of the two pilots, including the Commander, pending the initial outcome of the probe,” a source at DGCA said. Officials in AAIB were of the same opinion. They said that in all ‘probability’ the accident took place because of the pilot’s fault, adding that the preliminary findings on the accident are likely to be submitted in a week’s time.The Jet Airways flight 9W 2374 with 161 people onboard veered off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa while aligning for take-off. The incident took place at 5 am when the Boeing 737 aircraft turned a full 360 degrees and its nose touched the soft land while taxiing for take off early on Tuesday in Goa airport. The Jet Airways flight had arrived from Dubai and was heading to Mumbai. There was panic among the passengers and a few passengers suffered injuries even during the evacuation process. Some passengers had to be rushed to the local hospital and five of the 12 injured passengers were hospitalised till late evening.Sources in Indian Navy, which manages the Dabolim airport, said its prompt response in rescuing passengers prevented a ‘catastrophe’. The airport, which is located in the Navy facility INS Hansa in Vasco town, was closed down for a while, impacting movements of other flights and causing some flight diversions.The incident at Delhi’s IGI airport took place in the afternoon when an IndiGo flight had just arrived from Lucknow with 160 passengers and the Spicejet flight with 187 on board was about to take off for Hyderabad . The two aircraft came face-to-face and almost collided with each other, sources said. Officials from ATC, on condition of anonymity, blamed poor visibility for the situation. They said haze was particularly intense on Tuesday. 72 flights were delayed that day because of fog. However, officials from Delhi International Airport Limited — which manages the Delhi airport — rejected ATC’s charge and said the problem occurred because of miscommunication from ATC. IndiGo as well as SpiceJet confirmed that both planes saw each other coming from opposite directions but both airlines denied that there was any risk to the passengers.

AAIB, DGCA to probe Mumbai-bound Jet airways flight skid off

Tue, 27 Dec 2016-10:52am , Panaji , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will investigate the Jet airways accident, wherein a Mumbai-bound flight skidded off on Tuesday at Dabolim airport in Goa.As many as 15 persons suffered minor injuries after the flight 9W 2374, whilst taking off from the ‘HANSA runway 26’ aborted takeoff and spun around 360 degrees.”We regret to inform flight 9W 2374 from GOI – BOM, with 154 guests and 7 crew, veered off the runway while aligning for takeoff. All guests and crew have been safely evacuated. Few guests have sustained injuries during the evacuation process,” said a Jet Airways statement.
ALSO READ Jet Airways Goa-Mumbai flight with 161 on-board veers off runway, 15 passengers injuredThe airline stated that medical assistance is being coordinated to those injured. An Indian Navy spokesperson tweeted that the runway has been opened for operation.

Nitin Gadkari to lay foundation stone for 4/6 laning of NH in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari would lay the foundation stone for four/six-laning of National Highway in Goa on December 22.The move is expected to reduce the travel time between one corner of the state to another by an hour.”Nitin Gadkarji is arriving in Goa on December 22. On that day, he will be laying foundation stone for four/six laning of National Highway-17 and 4A. At few places, the roads would be made into four lanes and at some places six lanes,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said addressing the Vijay Sankalp rally in Dabolim constituency on Monday evening.Parrikar said the entire project would cost around Rs 8,000-10,000 crore. During the project, all precautions would be taken to ensure that maximum houses are protected from facing demolition. He said the highway would also be connected to the site at Mopa in North Goa where Greenfield airport is proposed.”The travel time between one corner of Goa to another which is currently two-and-half hours will be curtailed to one-and-half hours after the four and six-laning of the roads,” he said.Parrikar said the Union government has decided to financially support all the infrastructure projects in Goa.”In last five years, Goa government has constructed several bridges and created infrastructure. This time when we sit to pen the manifesto for the forthcoming election, we have to find out which bridge is remaining to be taken up,” the former state Chief Minister said. He said the third bridge over Mandovi river near Panaji would be completed by August next year as 70% work on the project has been completed.The cable stayed bridge over Zuari river with six lane road would be completed in next two years, Parrikar added.

BRICS Summit: Vladimir Putin’s arrival in Goa delayed due to poor visibility

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Russian President Vladimir Putin’s arrival in Goa today to attend the BRICS Summit was delayed due to poor visibility with thick fog making it difficult for his plane to land in the coastal state. The Russian President was first scheduled to arrive at 1.00 am at INS Hansa base, which is adjacent to the Dabolim Airport, but his arrival was delayed due to thick fog in the region, sources in the naval base said. His flight, which was supposed to land at 3 AM, was rescheduled to 7.00 am but even at that time it could not arrive. However, due to security reasons it was not stated as to where his plane has been diverted.Heavy security was in place along the road connecting INS Hansa base to the summit’s venue hotel in Benaulim village. Several Union and Goa government officials were also camping at the base since last night to welcome the Russian President. “The arrival of President of Russia has been delayed. The exact rescheduled time of his arrival has not been given to us,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Suchita Desai said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa last night and was welcomed at the INS Hansa base by Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza. The Prime Minister was later taken to the venue hotel by road in Benaulim where he was welcomed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Unique jet fighter Sea Harriers flies for the final time

The fighter aircraft Sea Harriers flew for a final time from Indian Naval Ship (INS) Viraat on Friday. The aircraft will be seen flying for the Indian Navy for the last time ever in the Goa airspace on Wednesday, along with MiG 29K, the fighter aircraft that would replace the aging Sea Harriers fleet.The outgoing fleet is the only jet fighter in the world with the short/vertical take-off and landing (VSTOL) feature, wherein the aircraft can take off and land vertically if there aren’t any runways. If there are short runways, the aircraft can take off with relative ease.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sea Harriers were inducted into the Indian Navy in 1983 after Sea Hawk fighters were phased out in 1978. Sea Harriers are part of Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 300 – ‘White Tigers’ — and MiG29Ks will now be inducted into INAS 300.”The Sea Harriers would be given a hero’s send-off at a ceremony presided over by Admiral RK Dhowan, the chief of naval staff, at INS Hansa, Dabolim, Goa. Traditional change of command ceremonies will be held, where commander Shikhu Raj, a Sea Harriers pilot, would hand over the command of the squadron to captain KHV Singh, a MiG 29K pilot,” said an officer.A large number of serving and retired Sea Harrier pilots are expected to be present during the send-off ceremony in Goa. Wednesday’s event would also mark the commencement of the process to decommission INS Viraat, India’s second aircraft carrier, on which Sea Harriers have been serving for decades now.The first three Sea Harriers landed at Dabolim on December 16, 1983, about three and a half years after it first entered service (April 1980) with the Royal Navy. This was followed by the first deck landing on INS Vikrant on December 20, 1983 and the arrival of the first Sea Harrier T Mk 60 trainer on March 29, 1984.Designed and manufactured by British Aerospace, Sea Harrier is a naval VSTOL jet fighter, reconnaissance and strike aircraft. Its vertical take-off and landing ability is the most unique feature of this subsonic fighter jet. The Royal Navy de-inducted the fleet back in 2006.

You will not find Goan girls in bikinis, says CM Laxmikant Parsekar

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said Goans are not to be blamed for “misconceptions” about the state and insisted that women seen in bikinis or people attired in “exceptional” dresses on the beaches are tourists and not local residents. “The tourists who come here watch another fellow tourist and return with misconception. You will not find Goans drunk on the roads or any local girl in bikini,” he said. “You could see people in short dresses, they are foreigners. People who are seen in bikini or wearing exceptional dress are not Goans. They are tourists,” Parsekar said in an interaction during the ongoing Annual General Body meeting of Federation of PTI Employees Union here yesterday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to a recent statement by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal that Goa was the easiest place to get drugs, Parsekar said drugs on the state’s coast are also the government’s concern. “But the problem is that the image of Goa is projected in different angles by people. There are people existing in this country who are under the impression that Goans start drinking liquor early in the morning and continue till going to bed,” he said. “There is another misconception that ladies use most limited clothes in the state and that on the beaches they are without clothes,” Parsekar said.The same is the case with person like Badal who feels that drugs are freely available on Goa’s coast, the Chief Minister said. “I am ready to host him (Badal) in Goa. Ask him to take his own time to go around and create the actual impression about the state. The picture of Goa is different and not what Badal thinks,” he asserted. Parsekar said Goa is the most cultured state with people living in religious harmony. “Goa is the safest place. That is why you will find a single girl riding a scooter in any isolated lane of the state even at 11 o’clock in the night,” he said.Admitting that to a certain extent garbage pollution does exist on state’s beaches, the Chief Minister rubbished claims that state’s waters are polluted. “You can visit any beach. There is no pollution of water. But due to large number of tourists, the garbage problem can be seen,” he said, adding that daily 50,000 people arrive at the state’s lone Dabolim airport.On the ongoing controversy over classification of coconut as a palm and not as a tree, he said the matter has been raised by certain opposition members who are searching for issues in the prelude to the assembly polls in the state due next year. “For the last four years, the opposition could not make any allegation of corruption against the Chief Minister or any of the minister. Now this is the year of election hence they are trying to search for the controversies,” he said. Parsekar said the amendment to Goa, Daman, Diu Tree Preservation Act was done considering the demands of farmers who want to replace the existing inviable coconut trees with the new saplings. The government annually gives 25,000 coconut saplings free and 50,000 at subsidised rates to the farmers, he informed.

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