This week’s snowstorm, despite all its fury, dropped only about 0.05 inches of precipitation in the Omaha region, according to the weather service. That storm could drop an inch or so, Kern said. “It’s still too far to go into detail,” he said. “But it looks like a rough ride Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning. A lot of people will be tempted to travel because of the New Year, but remember to avoid traveling on Tuesday and Wednesday. For people who have long trips, say between Omaha and Lincoln, Rossio said tracking forecast and planning ahead would likely pay off. Cold weather will follow in the storm’s wake, with highs in the 1920s and lows around 10 degrees. There is good news with this storm. It is expected to move out early Thursday, so it should be sunny – cold but no snow – for New Years Eve, including the Omaha fireworks show. .
KARACHI: The new PIA airbus PK8303 footage which crashed on 22 May 2020 in Karachi has established that the aircraft landed on the runway at least four times in the first attempt but the landing gear did not open, causing the fuselage especially the engines to suffer severe damage from scratching the runway.
Exclusive footage run by Geo News reporter Tariq Abul Hassan establishes what the CAA and national airlines previously denied, that the landing gear was not opened during the attempted landing. The footage raises more questions about the role of air traffic controllers and of course cockpit crew as pilots in the tragedy.
Video captured by the CAA runway 69 video camera determined that within three seconds the PIA airbus skidded on the runway four times, before finally taking off again. Based on new footage, the aircraft successfully landed on the runway four times at 2:33:34, 2: 33:35, 2:33:38 and the fourth time at 2:33:40. The abrasive contact with the ground and the engine that triggers frictional sparks can also be seen in the new video. The landing gearless trial also proved that on approaching from the Model Colony, the airbus crashed on the 69 landing lane far ahead of the scheduled meeting point, almost in the middle after the ATC and VIP Terminals, leaving little. runway ahead to achieve a safe landing, except that there is a large “Katcha” path from loose ground ahead. According to the preliminary CAA report, “the landing gear was opened when the aircraft was 10 NM from the airport. But because the airplane is flying at a higher altitude than required for optimal landing, the wheels are pulled to allow the plane to descend at a very high speed and finally when the plane lands, the wheels do not open. “
According to aviation experts, “under systemic and automatic safety mechanisms if the plane is traveling at 250-260 mph, the landing gear does not open. “Overspeed was thought to be the reason the wheels did not drop on landing and as a result the engine scratched hard on the runway, a visible sign of the runway. This is understood to have damaged the engine, the engine oil compartment and the fuel pipe both of which not only leaked, but dangerous engine oil mixed with fuel. “Together the three are believed to have slowed the plane from ascending altitude to turning back to the runway. It follows Mayday’s pilots and communications that both engines have failed, ”the experts agreed.
While the CAA and PIA are still working to finalize and conclude the report, disturbing questions plague the thought that if such a terrible tragedy could be avoided. The basic question is why did the plane get at a higher altitude during its approach to the runway? “Why doesn’t the pilot know that the landing gear doesn’t open when descending? Did the pilot and the co-pilot choose to ignore the cockpit alarm warning about the landing gear status? Did the alarm actually work? When the plane has landed despite many obstacles and engine failure. with the runway and sparks flying out, why would air traffic controllers let the plane take off and direct the pilot to try another approach Was the pilot notified of a touch down abrasive by air traffic controllers ?, seen in the footage of the CAA runway. , why the pilot agency PALPA was not part of the investigation As pilots they could explain the entire episode about aircraft airworthiness and cockpit conditions to guide the investigation Honest answers to these questions alone will determine whether the loss of life and country’s reputation can be prevented and just another disaster can be avoided.
Lahore:began to campaign for massive tree planting on the new campus of the state University (NPU) Lahore in collaboration with the Prime Minister of a Tiger is power, and Deputy Commissioner, Sheikhupura on Thursday.
MPA Umar Aftab Dhillon along with Vice Chancellor GCU Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi opened the campaign by planting saplings near the University boys hostel. Deputy Commissioner sheikhupura Muhammad Asghar hoy, assistant Commissioner, Ferozewala Zahid Khan and members of the GCU horticulture society and PM Tiger force were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Umar said Dhillon, research in the area of agriculture and massive tree planting is essential for food security and combat threats of climate change and environmental pollution. He said that he was a Ravian and it was a matter of great pride for him to plant a tree in the new campus of their Alma mater. Dr. Asghar Zaidi said that the fight against climate change, a collective responsibility of all the people. He said that they plan to develop this new campus as a research centre for agro biotechnology. He noted that two faculties of the University will be transferred to the campus in September of this year to start academic activities, while the first phase of the campus will be completed by September 2020. Prof Zaidi said that there were some security problems in this area, and they need the support of the local administration to resolve these problems to ensure the safety of faculty, students and staff.
After the national lockdown is revoked on May 3, how long will it take for flight services to resume normal operations? Especially domestic civil flights and international travel operations to start once again. Many people were caught in the middle of nowhere due to a sudden emergency announced by the Modi government on March 24, and a national lockout was imposed. It has been more than a month since India’s sky has been clear and airline officials are waiting for some ‘good news’ from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Based on a senior AAI official“Indian operators have around 650 odd planes in their fleet and parking for these planes is not a problem. All shared airports, including the government-owned Airport Authority (AAI) airport, can handle more planes.”
Plane parked on a runway: No waiver of parking fees incurred
Delhi Airport has parking space for 196 aircraft, while Mumbai airport has parking conditions for 100 aircraft. Several aircraft were also parked on the runway as a temporary arrangement, with Delhi airport being the only facility that has three runways. A large number of planes flying on domestic routes came to park at the facility. When India stopped international flight operations and landed all domestic flights, the planes were now parked at various airports until ordering continues when Covid-19 is controlled.
Airlines, however, must pay parking fees for their flights at the airport and the Indian government has not taken steps to issue a waiver on parking fees for flights parked at airports across the country. Before locking took place, Indian airports handled around 3,330 domestic departures and 580 international flights per day throughout the city, according to the flight schedule agreed to as of the end of March.
During operation, the aircraft used for daytime flight operations are the same ones used for international operations at night. So at any given point in time, the number of planes parked at the airport is never high.
While many countries such as the US, Australia, Singapore, France, Sweden, Norway and New Zealand have announced financial assistance packages for airlines in terms of loan guarantees, funding assistance, and tax cuts, India has not yet announced bailout packages for various industries including aviation sector. With support currently being provided to the airline sector, the road to recovering losses caused during the coronavirus pandemic can take years – if not even a decade.
When flights continue: Post lockout actions by the Government
As the lockdown will be lifted and the pilot sector sigh of relief to take on new heights, some restrictions have been imposed by the government as the country slowly moves towards achieving normality of life, this includes – domestic airlines may have to collect flights if the number of passengers flying is low.
In addition, passengers will be asked to report far earlier than the current norm of 60 to 120 minutes, to allow time for detailed safety and health checks of passengers boarding the aircraft. The new normal post-coronavirus at the airport will see strict screening from passengers, cabin crew staff wearing masks, gloves, keeping sanitation steady and no food will be served on the flight.
With the need for social distance emphasized by the government, interaction between business class passengers and cabin crew will be limited to a minimum of 3 or 4 during medium distance flights. Because it is economically unfeasible to fly only one third or fourth of the total aircraft capacity, then passengers who were stranded for a Mumbai-Delhi flight can be collected together. India’s largest domestic airline will step up operations once the ban is lifted and stop food service in aircraft for a brief period until the traces of the spread of the corona virus disappear completely.
With a longer security check and minimal contact points between aircraft staff and passengers, end-to-end travel times are expected to increase with passengers being asked to report at the airport two to three hours before their flight departure. In addition, baggage check-in and security checks will take longer than usual, given the application of social distance practices at the airport. Also, non-human contact points such as airport check-in kiosks to facilitate web check-in will be emphasized for traveling passengers.
Hardeep Singh Puri, the country’s civil aviation minister, tweeted on April 20, said that flight restrictions would be lifted “once we were convinced that the spread of the virus had been controlled and that it did not harm our country and our people” and reiterated that no decision had been taken about when to reopen flights.
Air Asia intends to restart its business operations in stages starting May 4, with only 24 airplanes reducing inter-city frequencies and bookings for flight services have begun. The airline anticipates that it will take time to build passenger traffic, and the first crowd of people are stranded in different cities, waiting to return to their respective homes, after the lockdown has ended.
Meanwhile, Air India and the Indian Navy have been alerted by the Government to evacuate Indian migrant workers from the Gulf countries, when the COVID-19 pandemic increased. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is consulting with States and Territories (UT), and governments to make the necessary arrangements before the process starts when the lock is opened on May 3.