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Cow at Ahmedabad airport runway creates ruckus; flights delayed, diverted

Cow at Ahmedabad airport runway creates ruckus; flights delayed, diverted

First it was monkeys and rabbits. Two flights, one global from Gulf and other, a Cargo plane landed at Mumbai airport instead of Gujarat.

The courageous bovine crept past security at a cargo gate at the airport in India's Gujarat state to stray near the runway sparking a rodeo chase with guards.

An Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Ahmedabad and a cargo plane were diverted to Mumbai when their pilots spotted a cow near the runway at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, sources said. Due to the incident, the arrival of 5 domestic flights and several departures were also delayed.

The menace of animal incursions at Indian airports is on the rise.

Apparently, some cows made a decision to take a stroll at the runway of Ahmedabad airport and hence flights had to be rerouted to different locations.

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Airport sources said CISF personnel and other staff used scare-guns and sticks to drive the cow out of the operational area. In February previous year, an IndiGo flight at Ahmedabad was delayed on the takeoff strip because of the presence of rabbits on the runway.

But surprisingly, for a nation that prides itself on veneration of the cow, cattle have been conspicuous by their absence on runways, save for a solitary buffalo that tried to board a SpiceJet flight in Surat in November 2014.

Airports Authority of India Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra confirmed the incident to The Times of India, adding that the cow had entered through the cargo side.

"Directives have been given to take stringent steps to avoid any such occurrences in future", said an AAI statement. Ahmedabad is particularly notorious for the high incidence of bird hits.


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