Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung presided over a coordination meeting for civil aviation sector, which was held at the headquarters of the Department of Civil Aviation in Yangon on 14 September morning.
The meeting was attended by the Director General of Department of Civil Aviation and officials, responsible persons from Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) and representatives of domestic airlines.
At the meeting, the Union Minister said flight schedules at the Yangon International Airport were delayed for 19 hours after a Y-8 military plane skidded off the runway. It roughly took about 2 hours to clear the way during the similar cases in the past. However, the 5 September incident resulted in losses for airlines and passengers as seven outbound flights and 25 inbound flights, totaling 32 flights, were cancelled.
After immediate discussions among officials from Department of Civil Aviation and airport officials, a total of 19 outbound flights could be resumed by using a 8,000-ft runway to avoid the blockage. Some inbound flights of 12 ATR planes were allowed for landing at the Yangon International Airport between 5 pm and 6:18 pm on that day after these aircrafts temporarily stranded at the airports of nearby cities.
The Union Minister urged to investigate the causes that took some hours to remove the skidded plane from the runway, and to prepare for the methods and machinery to address such problem in the future.
The Director-General of Department of Civil Aviation briefed on the incident, the removal of Y-8 aircraft from the runway and the cancellation of flights.
In his conclusion remark, the Union Minister said the incident was handled by the Department of Civil Aviation, officials from Yangon International Airport and experts from Myanma Railways, but it is required to do investigation about the cause of serious delay. He also suggested to upgrade the runway shoulders to reduce the incidents and to make systematic plans for minimal damages.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)