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'Mad' Cow on runway causes havoc at Indian airport

12 January 2018

It is too common a sight to see diversion on Indian roads or traffic on the streets of India because an animal is standing right in the middle of the road, but this time around in two separate incidents in the country two flights had to be diverted because of a cow and a tractor, which were spotted near the airport runway.

In another incident, two flights landing at Ahmedabad airport had to be diverted after a cow was spotted at the airport. The bovine moved slowly past the security at a cargo gate at the airport in India's state of Gujarat to ramble near the runway, sparking a rodeo chase with guards.

Speaking to The Hindu, Airport Authority of India chairman Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra said: "It was a stray cow that entered from the cargo terminal side".

It was a "freak incident" that took place at 3:00 am when a gate was opened for two vehicles and the cow followed them, he said, adding the CISF personnel manning the gate should have been more vigilant.

It took about one-and-a-half hours to get the cow out. The arrival of five-odd flights and a few departures were also affected.

"Our first concern was safety, and everything is safe at the airport". "The chairman has asked the airport director to ascertain the possibility of negligence".

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An inquiry has been ordered into the incident, according to airport director Manoj Gangal.

"Directives have been given to take stringent steps to avoid any such occurrences in future", said an AAI statement.

Between January and October 2017, 976 wildlife strikes were reported at all Indian airports, The Indian Express reported on January 1.

There were 81 instances of animals straying into the paths of planes a year ago.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

'Mad' Cow on runway causes havoc at Indian airport