There is only one integrated Terminal with facilities for travel desks, lounges, etc. was inaugurated on 24 March 2013 in a function attended by Mr. Ajit Singh, Minister of Civil Aviation, Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, Jharkhand governor Syed Ahmed, Ranchi MP Subodh Kant Sahay and Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu. In the next few days, the tax on ATF was reduced from 20% to 4% to attract more airlines to the city. Also, night landing at BMA has been made free so that there may be more flights to the metro cities in the morning. The Airports Authority of India also announced the construction of three more parking bays, thereby making it the first Tier-II airport in India to have 8 planned parking bays. The old terminal is no longer used and remains closed for most of the time. It was shutdown at midnight on the 23rd of March 2013.
On 19 October 2011, a Dhruv helicopter of Border Security Force departed from Birsa Munda Airport to Chaibasa, crashed into hills near Khunti, killing all occupants on board. Investigation concluded that pilot became spatially disoriented while solving a technical snag and applied excessive inputs to the helicopter while returning to the airport which resulted in severe rotor damage, causing the crash.
On 27 August 2013, a tornado like phenomenon tore apart a section of the roof top of the new airport terminal and blew it away. It landed some 200 meters from the airport at a public place. The incident was localized to the airport only; no one was injured during this incident and no other structure was damaged.
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