An Air India Express flight with 183 passengers on board overshot the runway after landing at the Mangalore Airport on Sunday. All passengers and crew members on board the Dubai-Mangalore flight are safe, the airlines said in a statement.
The incident happened around 5.30 pm after the aircraft landed at Mangaluru International Airport and while moving towards the terminal it veered off the taxiway and got stuck in the grass, according to officials.
“AI Express aircraft VT-AYA, operating IX 384, Dubai to Mangalore on June 30, after landing on runway 24 while vacating the runway to the right side has gone off the taxiway into soft ground,” the airlines said in a statement.
They have suggested tailwind, wet runway as well as inadequate braking as the reasons for the sudden fallout.
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The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, is being checked by Air India Express engineers. The operations at the airport are normal and the aircraft will be towed soon.
An internal probe has been ordered and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the top civil aviation body has been briefed on the incident, news agency ANI reported.
The incident comes just a fortnight after another Air India aircraft from Dubai with 185 passengers on board, veered off the runway slightly while touching down. The incident involving the flight — IX 814 — happened at around 4:45 am with all passengers and crew reported unhurt.
The Mangaluru airport is notorious for its table-top runway as it’s located on a hill top, which prevents any extension of the runway. In May 2010, another Air India Express flight from Dubai had overshot the runway and dived down the cliff into the forests, killing 158 people.
Boeing, the manufacturer of the plane involved in Sunday’s incident has suffered fallout of two crashes earlier of its 737 MAX jet, the newer model of the Boeing 737 Next Generation, which includes the 737-800.
The two 737 MAX crashes, within a span of five months, killed a total of 346 people, prompting a worldwide grounding of the aircraft in March this year.
(inputs from ANI)