The most sensational news for today is the landing of the fighter jet Mirage-2000 on Yamuna Expressway. This was a test landing by the Indian Air Force (IAF) after the consent of Uttar Pradesh Government as a trial to use the highways and civil airstrips for emergency landing of fighter jets. The parties that took active participation in the test landing includes UP Government, Yamuna Expressway authorities, civil police and other authorities related to the development of the expressway.
After the successful landing of Mirage-2000, the government gave proper approvals to convert the three kilometer stretch of Yamuna Expressway into a road runway for the emergency landing of fighter planes. The jet landed near the 118th milestone of the expressway around 6:40 am. 100 technical ground personnel were deployed at the spot to ensure successful landing of the jet.
Countries like Germany, China, Singapore and Pakistan already have road runways. This is the first road runway of India to allow emergency landing in case air strips are disabled. The runway strip will not have mobile phone towers or electricity poles. It will be comparatively thicker and will have easily removable dividers. The test was to ensure the strength of the road as an emergency runway strip and a demonstration of how the runway would work in such situations.