Historic Dornier 228 aircraft bound for Ziro successfully lands

Ziro: In another landmark development for Arunachal Pradesh, Alliance Air’s ‘Made-in-India’ Dornier 228 civilian jet made a successful test landing at Ziro airstrip in Lower Subansiri district on Thursday .

The 17-seater aircraft which had on board the Chief Flight Operations Inspector, Captain Vijay Kumar, the pilots, Captain Trilok Singh Negi and Captain Nishit Tare, as well as a member of the cabin crew , landed at Ziro’s Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) around 12:30 p.m.

The plane had taken off from Dibrugarh in eastern Assam.

The Dornier twin-engine aircraft is an upgraded version of the Vayudoot aircraft that operated at Ziro ALG 20 years ago, the pilots informed.

The pilots said the plane took 50 minutes to reach Ziro from Dibrugarh as they had to strictly follow “established air traffic routes”.

Captain Kumar informed that the General Directorate of Civil Aviation will soon issue an “aerodrome certificate” to Ziro ALG, after which commercial flights can start operating.

On issues of safety, security and smooth running of flight operations at ALG, Captain Kumar informed that the high-rise buildings sprouting up near ALG and the tall trees in the forest of Dolo Mando pose potential threats to flight operations.

Deputy Commissioner of Bas-Subansiri, Bamin Nime, who was also present at the ALG to witness the test landing, assured to take the necessary corrective measures at the earliest for smooth and safe flight operations.

Also present was the general secretary of Tanw Supun Dukun (TSD), Taku Chatung, who had voluntarily donated 700.80 square meters of private land for the construction of the civilian terminal. Chatung said the Ziro Valley residents’ long-standing demand for air connectivity had finally been met with the landing of the Dornier plane.

After Tezu and Pasighat, Ziro ALG is the third in Arunachal Pradesh where Dornier aircraft will provide fixed-wing passenger services to the people.

The development at Ziro comes nearly a year after Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed an agreement with Alliance Air to lease Dornier DO-228s for operation in landlocked areas of Arunachal Pradesh under the UDAAN program of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Along with connecting all possible ALGs in the state with fixed-wing passenger services, the initiative also aims to boost tourism and make air travel affordable and accessible to everyone.

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