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Dense fog badly disrupts air traffic, 150 flights affected

Jan 06 2014, 12:29 IST
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A heavy blanket of fog lead to the delay and diversion of flights between 8 PM last night and 8 AM this morning. PTI A heavy blanket of fog lead to the delay and diversion of flights between 8 PM last night and 8 AM this morning. PTI
SummaryDense fog lead to the delay and diversion of flights between 8 PM last night and 8 AM this morning.

Take Off (LVTO) is 125 metres and 150 metres, depending upon the size of the aircraft. Delhi airport is equipped with two CAT-III B complaint

runways, which enables a CAT-III B trained pilot to land a CAT-III B complaint plane when the runway visibility is merely 75 metres.

Yesterday, the visibility remained poor during the whole day which led to delay in schedule of around 206 domestic and international flights.

Flight operations resumed today around 1 AM, when the landings started. Priority was given to international flights, as most of them operate at night, they said.

Though the visibility was poor, planes were landing using CAT III B ILS and the take off started around 4 AM, when runway visibility improved to more than 150 metres on the main runway (28/10), officials said.

But gradually visibility on the third runway, (29/11) also started to improve and both the runway were used intermittently, they added.

Delhi had been witnessing dense fog from Saturday last, which, according to the Met Department, is the "season's worst". Met officials said it may be the worst fog after January 2010.

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