Picture courtesy PIB
The IAF which has been
considering the use of national highways for emergency landing by fighter
aircraft finally got a chance to land one of its planes on a road. This
capability was demonstrated by IAF on May 21, 2015 by a Mirage-2000 aircraft
which got airborne from one of the IAF bases in Central India. All facilities
like make shift Air Traffic Control, safety services, rescue vehicles, bird
clearance parties and other requirements were set up by IAF personnel from Air
Force Station Agra. Thereafter, in coordination with the District Magistrate
and SP of Agra and Mathura, necessary tie up was carried out for activation of
the selected stretch. The aircraft made a practice approach on the highway,
coming down to a height of 100 mtrs before landing off the next approach. The
operations were conducted with active support from the government of Uttar
Pradesh, Yamuna Expressway Authority, Toll authorities of JP Infratech and
Civil Police. The IAF has plans to activate more such stretches on highways in
the future. This was stated by a release from the Press Information Bureau,
Government of India.
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