No lessons learnt from Mangalore aircrash-RTI
Concrete structure at the end of the runway at the Mangalore airport was among the key reasons of 2010 air crash that caused the death of 158 people. Recently, in a reply to an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has revealed that the airport continues to have those concrete structures.
Apart from this, five other airports—Patna, Calicut, Jammu, Port Blair and Agartala—are found to have similar unsafe structures. All these airports including Mangalore are among the 11 airports in India which have been classified as dangerous. India’s aviation safety regulator is slated for international safety audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in December 2012.
The disclosure points to the need for the Civil Aviation Ministry and DGCA to take concrete action for the safety of passengers.