Panaji, Sep 3 : An alert Naval Air Traffic Controller (ATC) at Goa International Airport at Dabolim in South Goa averted a major mishap on September 1, 2019. According to a statement from Navy, at about 8.25 am on September 1, 2019, when Air Asia 778 was rolling for take off, alert operator at ATC spotted a dog entering runway and immediately alerted the pilot. The pilot followed SOPs and aborted the take off. The flight eventually took off at 9.15 am after additional technical checks.
Though INS Hansa along with Government of Goa had taken proactive steps to remove dogs from vicinity of runway, the increase in rampant throwing of garbage outside the airport and areas around Dabolim- Bogmalo had resulted in increase in dog and bird menace at airport which was seriously impinging safety of passengers. 'The Navy has sent frequent requests to panchayats to look into the matter.
Under an MoU, Navy with Department of Animal Husbandry, an NGO World Veterinary Services, has already commenced removing and relocating dogs since mid August. The project, funded by State Government, has resulted in relocation of 60 dogs in the last fortnight. It is hoped that the situation will improve in the future, provided the locals near the Airport, Taxi operators and others dispose off the garbage responsibly,' the statement added.UNI