A mishap was averted at the Mangaluru airport in Karnataka today morning when an Air India Express aircraft from Dubai with 185 passengers on board, veered off the runway due to poor weather conditions, according to the Airport Authority of India officials.
The pilots of the flight – IX 814 – were able to bring the Boeing 737 back to the runway’s centre line after it skidded.
“Just as the aircraft was about to touch down, there was sudden gust of wind and heavy rain. The aircraft skidded to the right momentarily after the touch down. But got back to the center line thereafter,” Air India Express CEO Shyam Sundar was quoted as saying.
“There was no discomfort or injury to any passenger. Post arrival inspection of the aircraft revealed no damages.” he added.
“The aircraft was inspected and no “noticeable damage” was found, the official said.
“The initial enquiry report has not confirmed that the guiding lights were damaged by IX 814 (Dubai-Mangaluru flight),” AI Spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar told IANS in New Delhi.
“After IX 814, three more aircraft landed on the same runway. It is a matter of detailed enquiry,” he added.
The Mangaluru airport is notorious for its table-top runway as the location is on a hill top, preventing extension of the runway, PTI said in a report.
In May 2010, an Air India Express plane from Dubai had overshot the runway and plunged down the cliff into a wooded valley, killing 158 people, the report added.
Published on 16 July 2017 Image for illustrative purpose only