the-south-asian Life & Times               July - September 2010





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Gp Capt Devinder C Mehta

 There has been much speculation by aviation experts both in the print & electronic media, to analyze the cause of the unfortunate and tragic crash of Air India flight at Mangalore airport on May 22. Some have questioned the wisdom of constructing a table top runway while others have declared the runway unsafe.  It would be prudent to give a correct perspective to those not very familiar with the fundamentals and basics of aviation.

 Mangalore airport is not the first airport to have a table top runway - there are countless table top runways the world over. Even within India there are table top runways other than at Mangalore. As far as the safety aspect is concerned, Mangalore airport is a ‘DGCA Licensed’ airport. The runway has been constructed in accordance with the ICAO norms inclusive of RESA. To substantiate my statement I would like to cite the example of Santos Dumont Airport - Rio's first airport and today its second largest. It is located on Guanabara Bay just a few blocks from the heart of downtown Rio with an excellent view of the mountains and the bay.

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