Panjim: In a freak incident that could have resulted in a tragedy, an Air India flight was forced to abort its landing at the Dabolim Airport in Goa over stray dogs leisurely running on the runway at 3 am.
Air India flight AI 033 took off from Mumbai and was scheduled to land in Goa around 3 am on August 13.
During landing, the pilot observed the dogs along the runway and immediately informed the Air Traffic Control (ATC) staff.
However, the dogs were not sighted by the ATC staff because it was pitch dark, said a release from the Indian Navy. The aircraft was recovered safely in second approach.
Indian Navy in the press release stated that “proactive efforts” are being undertaken to reduce the stray dog menace near the airport`s runway.
“INS Hansa has taken proactive measures to reduce dog menace on runways with the employment of manpower during daylight hours adjacent to the runway to chase away dogs and birds. Additionally, a MoU has been signed with the state government under which they are too sterilise and relocate up to 200 dogs from the vicinity of runway,” said the Navy.