Mangaluru, July 1, 2019: An inquiry has been ordered after an Air India Express plane skidded off the runway at the international airport in Mangaluru, on Sunday evening. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been informed about the incident and an internal investigation will be conducted to ascertain why the aircraft overshot the runway.
The Air India Express flight IX384 from Dubai landed at the international airport here at 5:40 pm and slid off when it was proceeding on the taxiway.
“All passengers are safe and the aircraft is being checked by Air India Express engineers. An internal investigation has been ordered. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been informed about the incident,” an airline spokesperson said.
The incident occurred at around 5.40 pm, when the aircraft veered off the taxiway. After veering off the taxiway, it crossed a small drain and halted on grass. The aircraft had 183 passengers and six crew on board. Later, passengers were deboarded from the aircraft and ferried to the terminal.
All flight operations at the airport are normal and other aircraft have been landing safely at the airport, said Airport director V V Rao.
According to airport authorities, the aircraft, while turning on taxiway entered katcha portion of strip apparently due to high speed as per observation of ATC. “There appears to be no damage to the aircraft and Air India Express Engineers are trying to tow the aircraft to apron for further inspection. The aircraft location in the strip is being assessed for clearance from ILS and Runway strip for resuming operations. The delayed departures are now being cleared with approval of DGCA,” it said.
The Mangaluru airport is notorious for its table-top runway as the location is on a hill top, preventing extension of the runway. 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.