Hyderabad-bound Indigo flight makes emergency landing

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2017 10:08:56


Staff Reporter,


Barely few minutes after the take-off, a bird hit the aircraft owing to which the flange of left engine was severely damaged after which it had to make an emergency landing

A Hyderabad-bound Indigo flight made an emergency landing on Saturday morning at Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur after a bird hit the flight soon after the take-off.
All passengers aboard the 6E827 flight were safe. A eagle like bird was reported to have hit the aircraft’s engine.
According to sources in Airports Authority of India (AAI), the incident occurred at around 9.10 am, when the Hyderabad-bound Indigo flight took off from the runway. “Barely few minutes after the take-off, a bird hit the aircraft owing to which the flange of left engine was severely damaged,” the sources said.

Sources further said that the aircraft crew including the flight captain diligently handled the situation and immediately alerted the Air Traffic Control (ATC) of Raipur Airport for an emergency landing. “At the time of incident, around 170 passengers were onboard, but all of them were safe due to sheer alertness of the aircraft crew,” the sources maintained.

Unconfirmed sources also attributed the pilots of flight 6E827 that took off at around 9.10 am detected some vibrations in the left engine following the bird hit after which the aircraft shuddered mid-air prompting the crew to decide for emergency landing.
Soon after landing, the technical staff assessed the damage caused to the flanges of left engine, which even left the passengers of 6E827 worried and panic stricken following the mid-air bird hit.

Earlier on April 9 this year, a Kolkata-bound Indigo flight made an emergency landing on Sunday late evening in Raipur airport after a bird hit the flight soon after take-off.


The Hitavada had alerted authorities
The Hitavada had run a series of stories last year warning and alerting the multiple government agencies and authorities over the contributing factors that could lead to rise in bird-hit incidents at Swami Vivekananda Airport (SVN) in Raipur.

But unfortunately none of higher-ups in these agencies including Airports Authority of India (AAI), Chhattisgarh Government’s Civil Aviation Department, Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA), Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CECB) and Mana Panchayat took any concrete steps and its obvious fallout was another one that occurred on Friday morning.

Among the four similar such airborne occurrences registered with the airport, this is the second major incident of bird hit at Raipur Airport since the beginning of 2017. “The incidents of bird hits have primarily surged during past two years ever since the illegal Landfill Site of Sakri was set open. The site is 9.48 kms away from SVN, which is blatant violation of Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules 2000 that categorically states that the landfile site should be 20 kms from the airport and , and in case it comes within 20 kms, a prior mandatory approval should be obtained from AAI.,” noted environmentalist Nitin Singhvi told The Hitavada.

According to Singhvi, the new rules made effective from April 16th, 2016, also states that the Landfill Site should be 20 kms away from the Airport. Under special circumstances, if it comes within 10 to 20 kms, No Objection Certificate (NOC) should be taken from Civil Aviation Authority of India. This means that Land fill site can not be started within 10 KMs from the Airport. “Despite this, Environmental clearance (EC) was granted to RMC for opening Sakri Landfill Site of 2 Aug. 2016. Even in the EC, it was admitted and written that Airport is 10 kms away from Sakri. All this show the apathy of all concerned authorities that they are least bothered about the safety of the lives of human being as well as birds including vultures & eagles and themselves,” he maintained.