India to Extend Runway After Mangalore Crash

1 June 2010 (Last Updated June 1st, 2010 18:30)

The Indian Government has decided to extend Mangalore Airport's runway length from 8,000ft to 9,000ft, to include a larger spill over area, following a recent plane crash that killed 158 people. Such efforts could also be rolled out to other Indian airports, the government said.

The Indian Government has decided to extend Mangalore Airport's runway length from 8,000ft to 9,000ft, to include a larger spill over area, following a recent plane crash that killed 158 people.

Such efforts could also be rolled out to other Indian airports, the government said.

Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told ANI that the runway will be extended to meet international standards and a new approach radar is also being considered.

The current runway length required by international standards is 8,000ft, whereas Mangalore's runway is only 7,500ft.

On 22 May, an Air India Express plane carrying 160 passengers and six crew from Dubai overshot the runway and crashed.