Panaji, August 14: The landing of Air India flight AI 033 from Mumbai was aborted in Dabolim (Goa) at around 3 am on Tuesday morning due to the presence of dogs on the runway. According to an ANI tweet, INS Hansa (near Dabolim) has taken proactive measures to reduce dog menace on the runway with the employment of manpower during daylight hours adjacent to the runway to chase away dogs/birds. IndiGo Flight 6E 636 Nagpur to Delhi Take-Off Aborted After Serious Error Detected in Aircraft, Nitin Gadkari Was Onboard.
Additionally, an MoU has been signed with State Govt under which they are to sterilize and relocate up to 200 dogs from the vicinity of the runway.
The incident came to the light, when a passenger, in his Facebook post, said the pilot was "seconds away" from landing the plane when he "went full throttle" and delayed landing for about 15 minutes until the coast was clear.
Check ANI tweet:
Indian Navy on Air India flight aborts landing in Dabolim (Goa) due to presence of dogs on runway: INS Hansa (near Dabolim) has taken proactive measures to reduce dog menace on runway with employment of manpower during daylight hours adjacent to runway to chase away dogs/birds. https://t.co/kMXV4hJBjH
— ANI (@ANI) August 14, 2019
A statement from the Defence spokesperson said airport officials did not see the stray dogs on the runway because of "night hours".
Check Digambar Kamat's tweet:
— Digambar Kamat (@digambarkamat) August 13, 2019
Former Goa Chief Minister and leader of opposition in the Goa assembly, Digambar Kamat shared the screenshot of the passenger complaining about dogs "Will DGCA take note of this serious lapse? Safety of Passengers put at risk. I urge @MoCA_GoI to take cognizance and act. @goacm," he said in the tweet.