The storm that hit north India on February 7 was so strong that it possibly led to an aircraft taking off from IGI Airport veering off its flight path into the ‘no-fly zone’ (NFZ) over sensitive places in Lutyens’ Delhi. That’s called ‘VIP 89’ and includes the Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Prime Minister’s residence.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has started a probe into this breach.
The defence and security establishment has for long asked for commercial aircraft not to be allowed on runway 27 as its flight path is very close to VIP 89. A senior official said a Jet Airways Boeing 737 had taken off from IGIA’s main runway towards Vasant Vihar side on February 7 at 4.03 pm for Dehradun. “Flight 9W-9734 (after getting airborne) deviated left, despite the controllers’ instruction to avoid NFZ,” said the official. After the warning, the plane flew out of NFZ. Read More….