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Roaming animals put Indian airports at risk

Udaipur airport, among others, have been identified as being at risk from local livestock and wildlife.
Udaipur airport, among others, have been identified as being at risk from local livestock and wildlife. Image by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

Following the near-miss in Surat earlier this month, where a Spicejet flight collided with a buffalo on the runway, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has identified 18 airports where animals pose an unacceptably high risk to aviation. Udaipur, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Nagpur were particularly singled out for the danger posed by wandering livestock and birds attracted by squatter settlements close to airports. The DGCA has recommended that airports take new steps to prevent farmers from breaking down periphery fences to give animals access to the long grass growing alongside runways. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com