Pray hard, as hard as you can…

more on that blind radar at kuwait airport, it seems that we all have to join our prayers for the next 4 days and hope that the mighty lord spares kuwait a disaster in the making.

according to alqabas daily, page 5 of yesterday’s issue, kuwait airport has entered a critical & dangerous phase in the next 4 days, as 2 planes can collide at any given moment due to some maintenance work on the main radar with a total reliance on the spare blind radar (FPS)! a recipe for certain failure.

however, things are getting even worse as a group of air controllers refused to work on this radar and basically informed their superiors that they cannot assume any responsibilities in case of an accident.

needless to remind you of the radar’s defects, but here they are again translated to the best of my knowledge:

  1. objects suddenly disappear from the screen
  2. sudden appearance of virtual objects disturbing the air controller’s concentration
  3. no early detection alarm system
  4. screen is far from headphones & speaker
  5. screen still shows old navigation points of reference that have changed with time
  6. landing line is  inaccurate
  7. air map is incorrect
  8. small screen in comparison to international standards

sources confirm that working in such conditions is considered to be a crime under international laws & regulations - pray with us guys, and avoid traveling in the next four days - kuwait needs a serious miracle as the authorities are simply turning a blind eye n this matter, quite like our radar!

picture courtesy of alqabas daily.

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    16 Responses to “Pray hard, as hard as you can…”

    1. Mary says:

      OMG…what an incompetent government!

    2. Gossiper says:

      I think that they won't wake up before we have a disaster God forbids!! No one to do something?? what if their families are on board a flight?

    3. sarah says:

      The neglegence of this airport over the years has always appauld me and if you notice their solution was to create a mall, a mall which is taking up space for much needed check-in desks. Everytime I see the old broken luggage belts and the ineffective x-ray machines is a testimony of how neglegent this government has been and how they fail to understand how this is reflective of their government performance level. This airport should be shut down for 4 days to install the new equipment is it means that an impending disaster may occur. It is not the public's fault that this government ignored the alarm bells for so long and let the airport reach these dangerous levels. Fire people! I have never seen a country that needed the correct foreign expertise than this one, you need foreign expertise to install the radar systems, overhaul your airport, run your airport, build the new airport. The only aspect of the airport that foreign can not be involved in is security and immigration/customs and that is in all other countries.

    4. LWDLIK says:

      A disaster in the making… And on top of that I've just heard from a friend that due to a lightening strike last week they have no internal telephone communication only direct numbers can be dialed. And seeing as only the directors and few depts have those communicating is impossible.

    5. 965malls says:

      hi lwdlik, we posted your comment on this page as it was posted on the picture page where no one sees it basically – i don't know whether i should freak out even more or simply crack-up… should a disaster happen everyone will be running around like a headless chicken…

    6. Mary says:

      WHAT?#$%$$ I can't believe this – please – does any Kuwaiti care about their nation? I would be in protest mode if this were my country right now. I bet one the reasons why carriers quit flying out of Kuwait, is due to the lack of safety. This is suppose to be an oil-rich nation, and you would think we are talking about some poor country in Africa. AND you did read that Kuwait gave the King of Swaziland a new plane. They can't even buy new planes for their national carrier. Screwed up nation to say the least. I can't believe the silence!

    7. BIG BROTHER says:

      speak to the hand, speak to the hand…

    8. barroon says:

      why you posted it today!! :(((((((((((((((( my mother has a flight tomorrow morning 8 oclock. there is no way I can convince her to change her ticket :((

    9. 965malls says:

      it's in the paper my dear and we need to warn people from the danger beforehand.. i know it's a big responsibility.. god be with her hope nothing happens

    10. Zaid says:

      Loool, good 1 big brother :)

    11. TKG says:

      The more I read about these issues the more I loose hope for this country :( It may be time for me to leave but let's wait and see

    12. abdul says:

      Sometimes people would rather risk their lives to leave here then to stay here one more minute. Hope she is not travelling to Beirut it is getting tense there with machine gun fire in the streets. Hope they render that, it hurts their economy when it is right before the summer travelling season and so many people want to go there in the summer.

    13. Kman says:

      rich with oil, rich with problems, rich with corruption, rich with bums in high places and rich with brilliant people who can't do anything about these bums in high places… i don't believe that this country doesn't care or doesn't have bright people who know how to run it, the unfortunate fact is that these people are sitting behind watching the ship sinking and they can't do anything about it because they're not getting their chance to be up there..

    14. Mary says:

      Rich with brilliant people who can't do anything? You live in a democrazy, in a true democracy you have a voice, if this were my country, I would organize a HUGE protest and demand they implement the 30B development plan and stop all this self serving grilling and move this country forward. If the youth don't demand that this is implemented – you are going down. It is your future that they have screwed up and they have humiliated you in the GCC, so all those brilliant people can put their heads down when they visit Dubai because their silence made them look stupid!.

    15. LebExpat says:

      It's not as big as we hear it here, I have my parents in Beirut and I talk to them every day, I already booked my seats for next month and I know as every year that rumors are just big rumors. Not saying that it's VERY safe, it IS tensed but not as much as they say it here. "They" always find a way to ruin summer… was it a plan? sure.. Anyway, about the radar..How come no one in this country cares enough about their own people's security to do something about it? beats me!

    16. 965malls says:

      beats me too! hope things calm sown in lebanon…

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