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Goa Airport Closed - Sea Harrier Crashed

Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:36 pm

Just heard that a Naval Sea Harrier crashed at the 26 end at Goa Airport and the airport is closed. Sadly, the pilot died. Does anyone have more details?
 
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RE: Goa Airport Closed - Sea Harrier Crashed

Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:51 pm

My condolences go out to the family of the pilot. There have been many such disasters in the past involving Airforce and Naval jets - makes one wonder about the level of training or standard of maintainance carried out by our armed forces!

Has GOI reopened? Any updates? It's about time Goa gets a separate airport for the ever increasing civilian traffic.

[Edited 2005-12-05 09:51:56]
 
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RE: Goa Airport Closed - Sea Harrier Crashed

Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:59 pm

Here more news..... the airport was supposed to open up at 1430 .

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1565022,000900040002.htm

The report says the aircraft crashed into a barrier on the take off run , wierd ,what the hell was a barrier doing on a runway ?

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RE: Goa Airport Closed - Sea Harrier Crashed

Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:08 pm

The runway was closed very briefly as the Sea Harrier crashed beyond the 26 End of the runway. Apparently, it went past the barrier, through all the approach lights and the boundary wall and across the road (which has a fair amount of traffic).

The naval airport in Goa is ideally located - it is almost equidistant between the nice hotels in South Goa and North Goa. A new airport would almost certainly give either North Goa or South Goa an 'unfair edge.'
 
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RE: Goa Airport Closed - Sea Harrier Crashed

Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:09 pm

I guess the barrier must have been at the end of the runaway separating it from the beach. The Indian Navy lost two Illushin marimatime recce planes in an accident last year at GOI as well. This accident must've thrown schedules all over the place, but not as bad as the MiG crash at Bangalore.
I believe that the armed forces and civilians should not share facilities - Daoblim is too cramped to deal with both the tourist influx and the Navy's needs. Goa needs an airport dedicated for civilian air traffic.
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RE: Goa Airport Closed - Sea Harrier Crashed

Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:19 pm

Quoting PAPI (Reply 3):
South Goa

South Goa is anyway treated as the lesser important part of Goa. However having spent 15 days, I feel the reverse. with lesser crownds and cleaner beaches, south goa is a better place to visit.

I guess the new airport shd be nearer to south Goa...
 
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RE: Goa Airport Closed - Sea Harrier Crashed

Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:40 pm

Let them decide on a new airport first, and maybe they might build it inland far away from both sides... you never know.
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