CAA To Deploy Bird Shooters Near Major Airports
The authorities have said that the garbage around the airports has been increased due to an increase in population.
The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has hired the services of bird shooters in an attempt to control the birds’ activities around Pakistan’s airports.
According to the CAA, initially, around 12 bird shooters would be deployed at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore (LHE) to kill the birds, which collide with planes and cause accidents.
The authorities have said that garbage around the airports has been increased due to an increase in population.
The CAA has warned people not to throw trash near the airports, which attracts scavenger birds, and these, in turn, run into the aircraft, causing severe damage to engine turbines and the body of the plane.
In August, it appeared that the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had decided to install a modern electronic system on prime airports for ensuring flight safety from the bird-plane collision incidents, making an end to the traditional procedures.
However, no progress was made to prevent the national carrier from facing a substantial financial loss due to bird-hit incidents.
The bird strike incidents have consistently occurred at Pakistan’s airports, especially in Lahore and Karachi, due to the lack of cleanliness in the surrounding populated areas, creating severe danger to the aircraft and passengers.
A PIA spokesman had said that the incidents caused financial loss to the national airline and had affected the flight’s schedule.
Likewise, he urged the CAA to install bird repellent systems around the airfields to prevent such incidents in the future.
After Lahore, CAA will deploy the bird shooters at The Islamabad International Airport (ISB). According to officials, funds have already been allocated for this purpose.
Regarding their duty-timings, the CAA officials said that the professional shooters would work from 7 am until dusk and shoot all birds intruding the landing and take-off zones in the airports’ runways.
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