Safety is foremost thing needed for to make air traffic safe in Metro airports as number of planes touch major airports in India. The number of near misses increased from 8 in 2012 is doubled to 16 in the first 7 months of this year. This is a very bad track record as safety is thrown to the winds. To make matters worse the staff crunch in Air Traffic Controller (ATC) make the matter worst. Mid-air catastrophe was averted time and again through the presence of mind of the pilots in these flights involved. Apart from air traffic collisions avoid the planes suffer even after a safe landing as the runway does not have the mandatory side strips to cushion planes in case of skids or crashes. Inaccurate markings near parking bays were another cause of concern, as they are important for take off, landing and taxing. Many minor collisions involving aircraft and ground vehicles could have been avoided had the markings been accurate. The height of the hangers is also a problem as some of them exceed the permissible limit. This affects the movement of a big air crafts. The exact height will have to be determined and corrective measures have to be taken to set right the shortcomings. ATC should provide sufficient staff in shifts to avoid serious mishaps involving air planes in mid-air. Safety stands first in Air traffic and controlling and that lies in the hands of ATC to mid-air collisions in all the cases.
Jayanthy S. Maniam
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