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Flying kites near the airport raises the possibility of airplane crashes, The Air Traffic Control (ATC) room of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake said.

“We have a few reports of near misses, reported by pilots,” the ATC said.

“Several awareness campaigns were held in the surrounding areas such as placing banners and deploying police officers to educate children and parents.

“Pilots had complained on several occasions to the ATC about kites flying  550 to 1000 feet above the airport.

“If we find kites over the runway, we inform the pilots about the risk. There is a danger of kites causing damage to airplanes when they take off and land,” the control room said. (Chaturanga Pradeep and Nirmala Ferdinandus)

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  • shan Friday, 29 August 2014 06:43 AM

    Is this a lame excuse for diverting flights to Mattala?

    Aviator Friday, 29 August 2014 04:22 PM

    Anywhere else where there is no aerodrome, sure. a rather kite gets sucked in to an engine, it is something I can do without on takeoff or short final. Title of the article is bit too sensational though.

    A W Abdulksny Friday, 29 August 2014 08:01 PM

    Arrest the kite flyers. Never heard of thid before. New developments in Sri Lsnks. What about neighbouring countries. via DM Android App

    out of the box Friday, 29 August 2014 02:02 PM

    I think people fly kites since several years. So how this problem occurred all of the sudden?

    Cobra Friday, 29 August 2014 01:54 PM

    [quote name="cric"]actually this is not joke guys. Kites can cause problems in any airport.[/quote]
    Yes but kids have been flying them for years just like anywhere else, haven't they?

    cric Friday, 29 August 2014 12:11 PM

    actually this is not joke guys. Kites can cause problems in any airport.

    mughal da silva Friday, 29 August 2014 12:10 PM

    [quote name="shan"]Is this a lame excuse for diverting flights to Mattala?[/quote]
    Are you related to Managala Samaraweera, the tom pachaya ?

    Lord hutha Friday, 29 August 2014 09:41 AM

    Moda majority ...
    Please fly the kites in mathale air port since nothing's flying there...

    pradeep Friday, 29 August 2014 08:44 AM

    That is why we built Mattala

    wasantha Friday, 29 August 2014 08:29 AM

    We recommend all flights to divert to maththala or Beliaththa.( Can build a third Air -port)

    ANTON Friday, 29 August 2014 05:03 AM

    DEFINITELY THIS PROBLEM WILL NOT ARISE IN MATTALA.

    Menuka Friday, 29 August 2014 11:57 AM

    Rubish comments of readers. via DM Android App

    NamalAiyya Friday, 29 August 2014 06:11 AM

    Masha Allah! we have Mattala now!

    IMD Friday, 29 August 2014 05:50 AM

    not because there are no people, its because there are no planes flying to mattala to be distracted by kites

    mnsmart Friday, 29 August 2014 05:41 AM

    is it similar to peacocks & birds in mattala?

    Mamai Raja Friday, 29 August 2014 11:08 AM

    So BIA becomes unsuitable for its use. Divert all the planes to Mattala via DM Android App

    sk Friday, 29 August 2014 05:29 AM

    You mean there are no people over there to fly kites ?

    kane Friday, 29 August 2014 05:17 AM

    You have to tell this to MR who started this kite flying season.

    mount Friday, 29 August 2014 10:39 AM

    Visible kites. Invisible MH 370


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