16 Aug 2019 13:24

Waste being removed from area around Zhukovsky Airport

ZHUKOVSKY. Aug 16 (Interfax) - Waste is being removed from the area around Zhukovsky Airport following the emergency crash-landing of a Ural Airlines Airbus A321 on Thursday, according to Ramport Aero First Deputy General Director Yevgeny Solodilin.

"To my knowledge, former waste dumps are being cleaned up. There are no active dumps near the airport now, as far as we know," Solodilin said at a press conference on Friday.

"Of course, we are concerned about yesterday's incident," Solodilin said. "We are working together with the Gromov Flight Research Institute and regional authorities to protect the airport from birds as much as possible," he said.

Bird-related incidents sporadically happen in Zhukovsky and all other airports, he said. "Every airport chief across the world has such concerns."

During the three years that Ramport Aero has run this airport, the number of bird-related incidents has been insignificant, Solodilin said.

He added that the Gromov Flight Institute was complying with federal air transport regulations.

"Every necessary measure has been taken. They [the Gromov Flight Institute] have a certificate. An airport has to be duly certified in order to receive aircraft. The Flight Research Institute is fully certified. Hence, there is every piece of equipment necessary for receiving aircraft," Solodilin said.