Air India flight was at full speed while landing at Calicut Airport: DGCA

An Air India Express flight with over 190 passengers and crew members onboard skidded off the runway at the Kozhikode International airport in Kerala on Friday evening. DGCA officials told news agency ANI that the Dubai-Kozhikode aircraft was at “full speed” while landing at the Karipur Airport and overshot the runway.

The Air India Express flight that skidded off a runway while landing at the airport in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug 7 (AP Photo)

At least 19 were killed after an Air India Express flight with over 190 passengers and crew members onboard skidded off the tabletop runway at the Kozhikode International airport in Kerala, also known as the Karipur Airport, on Friday evening.

The Air India Express flight skidded off the tabletop runway and fell into a 35-ft-deep valley breaking up into two parts on Friday evening, police sources said.

Both pilot and the co-pilot are among the 19 killed in the flight mishap.

The flight was coming from Dubai and was part of India’s Vande Bharat mission, an initiative to bring back stranded Indians from foreign countries.

The fuselage broke into two after the aircraft overshot the runway at Kalipur airport. The aircraft has been identified as IX 344.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the flight, on its way from Dubai to Kozhikode, “overshot the runway in rainy conditions and went down 35 ft into a slope before breaking up into two pieces”.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=indiatoday&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1291784427811401728&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indiatoday.in%2Findia%2Fstory%2Fair-india-flight-was-at-full-speed-while-landing-at-calicut-airport-1708996-2020-08-07&siteScreenName=indiatoday&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

“Weather conditions being what they are, I’m told aircraft couldn’t be brought to a halt. As a tabletop airport, it imposes a challenge. There was a 30-feet drop to the ground below. Fortunately, the plane that broke into two from fuselage didn’t catch fire,” Hardeep Singh Puri told India Today TV.ADVERTISEMENT

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told news agency ANI that the Dubai-Kozhikode aircraft was at “full speed” while landing at the Karipur Airport and overshot the runway.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=indiatoday&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1291786439865167873&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indiatoday.in%2Findia%2Fstory%2Fair-india-flight-was-at-full-speed-while-landing-at-calicut-airport-1708996-2020-08-07&siteScreenName=indiatoday&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

Inputs suggest that a missed approach was carried out first followed by a second attempt to land the aircraft when it overshot the runway.

The Kozhikode is a tabletop airport with deep gorges at both ends of the runway. The tabletop runway of the Kozhikode airport is said to be one of the riskiest runways for landings in India.

Link: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/air-india-flight-was-at-full-speed-while-landing-at-calicut-airport-1708996-2020-08-07

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