As part of trials to use national highways for emergency landing, the Indian Air Force has successfully conducted a trial run of the Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft on the Yamuna expressway near Mathura.
An IAF officer said that there are plans to conduct more of such trials by the Indian Air force in the near future, on other highways. The IAF is considering over the use of Fighter aircrafts, in emergency landing on the national highways.
All facilities like make shift Air Traffic Control, safety services, rescue vehicles, bird clearance parties and other requirements were set in place by the IAF in this trial run on Thursday.
“The operation was conducted in coordination with District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police of Agra and Mathura,” an IAF statement said.
Such Landings are necessary in case of emergencies where an active airport is not available.