In a freaking incident, a cow strayed near the runway at Ahmedabad airport early this morning( around 3 AM) and forced at least two international flights, one from Abu Dhabi and one cargo plane to abort landing and divert to Mumbai instead of Ahmedabad. The arrival of five-odd flights and a few departures were also delayed in the same incident.
CISF personnel and other security staff used scare-guns and sticks to shoo the cow away from operational area. It took over one-and-a-half hours to drive the cow out of airport premise. A senior official of the Airports Authority of India said the cow entered the “operational area” of the airport and there were possibilities that it could stray towards the runway. By that time security personnel could drive away that animal, two flights had to be diverted to Mumbai, also five arrivals, and a few departures were delayed.
An AAI spokesperson said, “The AAI chairman has sought a detailed report from the Airport Director (APD), Ahmedabad Airport, on the incident. He has also been asked to ascertain involvement of any human negligence in the incident.”
“The APD has been directed by the chairman to take stringent steps to avoid any such occurrences in future,” he said.
There were 81 similar weird instances of animals running into the runways of airports in past one year. According to reports, similar incidents of animal straying near runways have doubled in the last three years. In 2014, around 40 such incidents were reported.
The APD has been directed by the chairman to take strict steps to avoid any such occurrences in future.