Lucknow-Agra highway turns IAF runway as planes carry out emergency landing drill

The Lucknow-Agra Expressway was closed for commuters on Tuesday between 10 am to 2 pm, as at least 20 planes belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted major touchdown exercises near Bangarmau in Unnao district.

FP Staff October 24, 2017 17:53:22 IST
The Lucknow-Agra Expressway was closed for commuters on Tuesday between 10 am to 2 pm, as at least 20 planes belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted major touchdown exercises near Bangarmau in Unnao district. PTI
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The Lucknow-Agra Expressway was closed for commuters on Tuesday between 10 am to 2 pm, as at least 20 planes belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted major touchdown exercises near Bangarmau in Unnao district. PTI
Planes, including the AN-32, Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi 30 MKI, performed touch-and-go landings on a stretch of the expressway. A Mirage 2000 aircraft touches down during the drill conducted by IAF. PTI
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Planes, including the AN-32, Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi 30 MKI, performed touch-and-go landings on a stretch of the expressway. A Mirage 2000 aircraft touches down during the drill conducted by IAF. PTI
The three-hour-long exercise began with IAF's Special Forces Garud commandos getting off the C-130J transport aircraft with their vehicle and taking "positions" on either side of the expressway. An IAF transport aircraft, a C-130 Hercules lands on the Expressway. PTI
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The three-hour-long exercise began with IAF's Special Forces Garud commandos getting off the C-130J transport aircraft with their vehicle and taking "positions" on either side of the expressway. An IAF transport aircraft, a C-130 Hercules lands on the Expressway. PTI
The exercise simulated an emergency situation when airbases, the first target of bombs and missiles, would not be available for air operations, necessitating the use of highways as landing strips. A Su-30 MKI aircraft touches down the Expressway during the drill. PTI
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The exercise simulated an emergency situation when airbases, the first target of bombs and missiles, would not be available for air operations, necessitating the use of highways as landing strips. A Su-30 MKI aircraft touches down the Expressway during the drill. PTI
Personnel display skills next to an Indian Air Force Hercules C-130J aircraft that landed on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, during the drill. PTI
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Personnel display skills next to an Indian Air Force Hercules C-130J aircraft that landed on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, during the drill. PTI