SpiceJet flight SG-8956 departed Srinagar airport on 23 May 2019. While approaching New Delhi airport that evening, there was a thunderstorm in the vicinity of the airport. The aircraft was cleared for an ILS approach for runway 27.
The approach to this runway is in close proximity of the prohibited area VIP-89. Once the aircraft is established on the approach, there are two runways and their approaches to the left and the prohibited area to the right. The only escape is the missed approach procedure straight ahead.
Sandwiched between the approach for other 2 runways on the left and prohibited area on the right, the SpiceJet aircraft probably detected a hazard in the form of a thunderstorm ahead. The choice is limited to either the devil or the deep blue sea. SG decided to turn right thereby infringing the prohibited airspace.Read More
A NOTAM is a notice, distributed by means of telecommunication. The NOTAM contains information about a change in aeronautical facilities, services, procedures or hazards, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations. NOTAM was created more than 60 years ago. It is based on structured messages with a free text component. An example is provided below:
Due to the currently limited information filtering capabilities of the text NOTAM format, PreflightInformation Bulletin (PIB) that pilots have to consult before the flight is in the range of 10-50 pages for a flight. In consequence, most info given in flight paperwork is a hazard for the user. Yet the probability of pilots not being aware of important and pertinent NOTAM is increasing.Read More