Public Awareness: How going nearby an aircraft is dangerous?
13 December 2016
Aircrafts are giant, robust machine capable of soaring high in the sky. They are made up of metals and composites that form the different protruding parts in them. In a fixed wing aircraft, the wings are built outward and each wing contains engines, flaps, ailerons and spoilers. Likewise, the tail section consists of horizontal and vertical stabilizers, elevators, rudders that are used as a part to control and pitch them in any direction. Likewise, in case of helicopters, the big rotor upward create the lift for any of them to fly high and the tail section is used for control and balance out. These all the parts of an aircraft are equally responsible for making it hover in the sky but also dangerous when left open haphazardly.
The risk is mostly high when any aircraft just land at the airport. In case of Nepal, most of the fixed wing aircraft are of propeller type, and when they land, the engines are still on ride which keep the nearby entity including any person or vehicle in danger. Likewise, the tail rotor of any helicopter is also quite dangerous. An incident took place in April of 2015 in Nepal when a man got his head hit by the tail rotor which led him to death. The incident took place during a rescue operation after the devastating April earthquake in a remote village in the Himalayas when the locals and tourists wrestled for places on an evacuation helicopter. Such haphazard and careless engine run led into a big accident.
Likewise, people get excited often when they reach nearby the airplanes. They click photographs showing off the aircraft but being unconscious about the big and bulky giant behind them that can be devious with its horns. Airport security professionals should always be careful on when to let the passengers into the ramp of an airport and when to let the passengers inside the aircraft out. They should always notice on the landing and taking off timing of aircraft in the airport. Also includes the fact that the engine of an aircraft should be off while letting the passengers in and out.
Likewise, jet blasts are also quite dangerous. The jet blast is the phenomenon of rapid movement of air due to the jet engines of an aircraft especially from the big aircraft like Airbus A320, Boeing 757 etc. Jet blasts can reach as far as 60 meters away from where the aircraft resides and with maximum power. They can let any random debris within the range fly high above to let it enter another aircraft or into someone’s eyes or into the engine of any vehicle.
These simple things are not so simple and should be of concern as these blindfolded appearances can also create big accidents and hamper civilians. The initial safety regulations before landing and takeoff as well as after that should be followed regularly by everyone-charge pilots and airport officials.