The state government on Thursday said they have identified a 2.5-acre land on the premises of Biju Patnaik International Airport to place the iconic Dakota flown by former chief minister Biju Patnaik and sought an NOC from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the same.
The state commerce and transport department has recently written to the ministry of civil aviation to ask the AAI for issuance of the NOC and in-principle clearance to position the Dakota aircraft at the selected site, which is located near the entry to Biju Patnaik International Airport and close to the Airport police station and administrative building of the airport director.
The old and abandoned Dakota DC-3 aircraft bearing registration No. W-AUl belonged to the now defunct Kalinga Airlines, which was founded by Biju. The aircraft has been lying in a remote corner of the operational area of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata.
Patnaik had used the aircraft to rescue former Indonesian vice-president Md Hatta and former Prime Minister Sutan Sjahrir. Biju was awarded the title of ‘Bhumi Putra’ by the Indonesian government for his valour.