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India limits Patna Airport available runway length over safety fears
11 July 2012

The approach area of runway 25 at Patna is littered with obstacles (source: AIP India)

The Indian DGCA has declared Patna Airport unsafe for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-size jets and ordered  the Airports Authority of India to limit the runway length available.

Patna Airport (PAT/VEPT) currently has a  1,954-metre-long runway 07/25. On the west side there is  a railway line and tall trees. On the east side there is a zoo with a botanical garden.

The DGCA had requested the state government to remove several trees but it appeared “that removal of obstacles within a given period is unlikely”, according to the DGCA as quoted by the Times of India.

The AAI was requested to limit the Takeoff Run Available (TORA) from 1,954 m to 979 meters on one side and 1,179 meters on the other.

In July 2000 a Boeing 737 crashed when it stalled during a go around at Patna Airport, killing 55 on board and five people on the ground.

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