Street Dogs spotted repetitively at TIA sensitive area: TIA ill-maintained fencing line
Kathmandu – 05 October 2016
Dogs to roam around TIA crucial area like a park, and the recent collision of Buddha Air’s aircraft with fox while progressing for taxiway is a rising potential threat of Non Avian Wildlife Hazards to Aircraft (exclusively mammals) which is directly proportional on increment rate of animal runway incursion in TIA, which for our concerned authorities have not yet been wake-up call on safety issue apparently, as they have not been actively monitoring and working on such significant process.
Despite, CAAN (Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal) has set a team that circulates on surveillance vehicle around the runway area in their respective schedule to make sure the runway is safe from wildlife hazards and their incorrect presence during landing and take-off of aircraft, which can cause an adverse impact on aviation safety and aerodrome operations, however seems to be in hibernating mood as time and again streets dogs free-roaming around TIA sensitive area as a consequence can lead to unwelcome incidents and accidents rise a big question mark for compromising on Wildlife Hazard Management at Aerodromes that eventually can produce serious economic and safety problem.
Birds have long been recognized as a serious threat to aviation safety at TIA that recently on 07 July, 2016, Nepal Airlines narrow bodied jet aircraft ‘Lumbini’ with registration 9N-AKX suffered a major bird strike during takeoff causing the aircraft to go grounded for a week demanding major maintenance and the replacement of blades, whilst Non Avian Wildlife Hazards to Aircraft includes ground dwelling mammals that can also have a serious impact on aircraft.
Bhairahawa airport is also the recent live example that has been suffering wildlife threat to its operation – wildlife often straying onto the runway and hitting aircraft, which soon will entitle it as wild-port instead of air-port ridiculously.
TIA ill-maintained fencing line
If we survey the present situation of fencing line with barbed wire outriggers around the TIA to bar unauthorized access of any human being or animal inside the airport, the job done for so is really in pathetic state as any pedestrians can easily note a hole at his/her first glance towards the end of runway 02, Northern side of Jadibuti on the way towards Pepsicola that can be very easy entrance in direction of airport runway not only for wildlife but also to exercise any unethical activity and can fly beneath authorities radar.
According the standard procedure, the fence line should be patrolled at least daily, and any washouts, breaks or other holes in the fence should be repaired as soon as they are discovered, nevertheless to eyewitness such ill-maintained fencing bars, it imposes to pour outrage to our concerned authorities for their viscous and passive activeness on such sensitive matter.