Grass near runway at Mumbai airport catches fire

Grass near runway at Mumbai airport catches fire

13 January 2010

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Mumbai, Jan 13 (PTI) A patch of grass near the main runway caught fire at the Mumbai airport but was quickly doused by the airport fire service personnel.

The incident took place at around 2 pm when ‘bird scarers’ were bursting crackers to chase away birds that pose problems in flight operations.

A Mumbai International Airport Limited spokesperson confirmed the incident and said operations remain unaffected.

“It was a small grass fire on the airside, which has been put off. The operations at the airport remain normal,” Mumbai Airport spokesperson told PTI here.

“Fire crackers are burst to scare birds. During one such exercise today, a patch of grass near the end of main runway 09×27 caught fire at around 2 pm. Two fire tenders were rushed and the fire was put off soon,” airport sources said.

Birds pose a serious problem at the Mumbai airport.


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