Flights disrupted as cow enters Ahmedabad airport

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

However, due to the presence of cow on the runway, the two planes landed in Mumbai.

"The cow had entered from near the cargo gate of the airport". The cow was quite mad, and running around the operational area.

"We have ordered an inquiry and sought a report on it", Ahmedabad airport director told news agency ANI. But a buffalo is not, strictly speaking, a cow, and it was finally up to the Ahmedabad airport, traditionally associated more with avian intrusions, to host a cow on its runway. It reportedly took 90 minutes for several Central Industrial Security Force guards and other airport staff to contain the animal and remove it from the runway, reported The Times of India. Indian Airport authorities that human negligence may have had a role to play in this entire episode. "Directives have been given to take stringent steps to avoid any such occurrences in future", an AAI statement said.

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neyanyahu visiting India next week, security at airports has been ramped up following the incident.

Cows are often seen loose on the streets in most parts of India. Airport sources said that the "freak incident" took place around 3am and the CISF, ATC and airport fire staff had to struggle for almost an hour and a half to remove the cow from the operational area.

Cows are considered sacred for India's majority-Hindu population, and are known to roam free throughout the country.

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