ATC Guild warns IGIA of Charkhi-Dadri crash repeat
A series of life-threatening incidents recently reported from the Delhi airport has prompted calls for an immediate requirement of revamp in the Capital’s existing Air Traffic Control (ATC) infrastructure. DNA has accessed a letter from the ATC guild to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), warning that, “Not heeding to the repeated requests for airspace and ground infrastructure revamp in time may cause a replay of 1996 Charkhi-Dadri crash,” which claimed 349 lives. The letter came at the time when the new ATC, on which about Rs 200 crore has already been spent, stands incomplete, regardless of having violated a number of deadlines in more than three year’s time.
Dated January 30, 2017, the letter reads, “In 1996, Charkhi-Dadri crash happened over Delhi airspace due to not heeding to the guild’s repeated requests for airspace and ground infrastructure revamp in time. It is also worth to mention, at that time the guild was pursuing hard for procurement of Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) to manage the traffic in busy and complex airspace in Delhi but the suggestions were not heeded on time.”
“This resulted in one of the worst disasters in the Indian sky. It …read more