GVK run Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAPL) has inducted India's first emergency evacuation vehicle (EEV) at the airport's. This evacuation vehicle can extend up to a height of 8.3metres with the escape stairs capable of holding 115 people at one time. This vehicle has a response time of just two minutes to move anywhere in the airport's vicinity.
The Mumbai International Airport becomes the first in the country to get such an advanced evacuation vehicle to make access to an aircraft faster during emergencies. EEV can access even the largest of passenger aircraft including the Airbus A380, the largest civilian aircraft in operation at present.
This new EEV deployed at Mumbai airport's offers better access to the aircraft and can speed up the evacuation process in an emergency, a spokesperson for MIAPL said, adding that the new EEV has already become functional and is being used for routine work. Mumbai airport's already has six EEVs but with lower capabilities compared with the new one.
The EEV is built on a MAN chassis by Austrian fire-service manufacturer Rosenbauer. The truck comes with extendable escape stairs that can reach up to a height of 8.3metres, equal to that of the Airbus A380. The evacuation staircase has been designed to withstand up to 40 knots of wind speed, while the extension time is just 55 seconds. It is also equipped with a high-pressure smoke ventilation system.
The vehicle is fitted with high pressure smoke ventilation system which can remove smoke from fuselage/ cockpit and increase chances of surviving. This machine is equipped with an engine of 540 HP to give an acceleration of 0-80km per hour in less than 40 seconds, which is one of the fastest in this category. This highly developed machine can also reach off-road surfaces with 6X6 wheel drive system on single wheel configuration.
The EEV is intended to act as a back-up vehicle in case the internal evacuation system on the aircraft fails to work. The evacuation vehicle with its wider frame and anti-skid floor makes for a safe and effective way to extract passengers in an emergency. The closed side panels on the entire stair and platform area increase safety and prevent fear of falling.
This vehicle will be used for rescuing stranded personnel, wherein conventional alighting systems cannot be employed. In the unlikely event of an aircraft veering away from its normal path, this equipment can be rushed to the spot and the attached ladder can be extended up to aircraft door for passengers or crew to be safely evacuated.
A simple user interface makes it possible for all actions to be controlled by one person, while a roof monitor offers visibility up to 90 metres. The EEV can also be used, if the cabin crew is not in a condition to process the evacuation procedure. In such situation, fire fighters can gain faster access to the aircraft. It is the only of its kind in the Mumbai airport's aerodrome rescue and fire fighting department that can access the tail engine in case of a fire.
In the meanwhile, the movement of nearly 300 flights is expected to be affected due to maintenance work of primary and secondary runways, to be carried out in phases at Mumbai airport's from this month up to next March.
The airport's will undertake repairs to runway 09/27 (primary) and 14/32 (secondary) between 11am to 5pm on 23rd October, followed by all Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 7 February 2019 till 30 March 2019 (except 21st March) between 11am to 5pm. During this period, the runways will be shut. Due to this nearly 300 flights will be affected, MIAPL spokesperson said.
The primary runway can handle 50 arrivals and departures per hour, while the secondary runway handles 35 flights per hour. Both the runways handle 1,000 flights a day on an average. By and large, the airport's handles over 150,000 passengers with over 950 aircrafts everyday.