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NEW DELHI: Two airplane crashes at table-top runways at Mangalore and Calicut may have been averted and 174 lives would have been saved had the Union authorities not shelved its 2008 choice to create engineered materials help system (EMAS) on the and of runways on the two airports, an aviation professional instructed the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian recalled the horrible sights of air crashes, first at Mangalore in 2010 after which in Calicut final 12 months the place the Vande Bharat Mission flight from Dubai crashed killing 16 passengers together with the 2 pilots.
The bench instructed further solicitor basic Aishwarya Bhati to search out out from the federal government whether or not EMAS could be accomplished. Bhati stated the federal government will not be treating the PIL as adversarial and would get again to the court docket with its response on the problem.
Petitioner Rajen Mehta, an 85-year-old mechanical engineer who has labored overseas with corporations expertising in making ready EMAS in shorter runways to keep away from air crash-related deaths, instructed the SC that “The Airport Authority of India was inclined to install EMAS in the airports in Calicut, initially, and Mangalore, subsequently and had invited for proposals for both the airports, from the former employer of the Petitioner.”
“Several shows have been made to the AAI and the options, specs and benefits of the EMAS have been highlighted. In 2008, as a result of excessive financial disaster, the Calicut EMAS undertaking was put in abeyance. Thereafter, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), received concerned and regardless of the Mangalore crash in 2010, intentionally omitted to put in EMAS at these airports,” he alleged.
“The Court of Inquiry, appointed to research into the Mangalore crash in 2010, particularly advisable that techniques just like the EMAS needs to be put in on the runway overshoot areas, particularly for desk prime airports like Mangalore. Despite the identical, no motion has been taken by the DGCA until date,” he stated.
Mehta stated EMAS system is an arrestor mattress which makes use of crushable materials positioned on the finish of a runway to cease an plane that overruns the runway. This crushable materials usually consists of concrete blocks and stops/arrests plane going at a velocity of 70 knots (130 kmph) or much less. This is when no braking contribution from plane reverse thrust is taken into account, he stated.
The petitioner stated, “EMAS has been installed in more than 125 airports across the world, with more than 100 in the USA itself. The installation of EMAS would not only have saved hundreds of lives, but would have also saved crores of rupees in aircraft and aircraft equipment. There have been at least 15 incidents in the USA itself, where the EMAS has prevented accidents.”

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