Pollite Backs India’s Safety Approach

In light of new recommendations made to Air India, UK fibreglass mast manufacturer Pollite has set out to remind airports worldwide of the importance of installing thoroughly tested frangible ground handling infrastructure.
Following the Mangalore Air Crash which claimed 158 lives in May 2010, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation pertaining has recommended that Indian airports become more compliant with the requirement of frangibly-mounted structures.  They cite antennae supporting structures in use at Calicut and Mangalore airports as examples of what is required.
According to Pollite, figures that it has obtained show that in incidents where aircraft overran during take-off, 40% ended in fatalities.  This backs up research from the UK CAA Safety Regulation Group that found there were 32 major accidents worldwide between 1996 and 2006, which resulted in 623 fatalities.
The importance of having frangible-mounted structures within airports is an issue that will never go away.  
Adrian Harrison, Managing Director of Darlington-based Pollite said:It is great to see India putting the spotlight on frangibility.  Approach poles are a small part of airport infrastructure that can lead to additional fatalities if they do not perform correctly and break on impact.  
“Pollite’s revolutionary designs and methods of manufacture ensure our masts are fully frangible to comply with airport safety regulations.  It means that we understand the importance of frangibility within airport ground infrastructure.  The Mangalore air crash only reinforces our view that all approach poles should be designed to break.”