Tragedy in Kozhikode

IT is just too early to leap to conclusions concerning the crash-landing of the Air India Express flight from Dubai to Kozhikode in north Kerala on the Vande Bharat mission on Friday night time with 190 passengers and crew on board. That the plane broke into two because it plunged over 35 ft down a cliff undoubtedly factors in the direction of the treacherous position performed by the tabletop runway on the Karipur International Airport within the tragedy that took the lives of 18 folks, together with the pilot and the co-pilot. In 2010, an identical Boeing 737 plane had overshot the tabletop runway on the Mangalore airport, killing 158 passengers and crew. Soon after, an aviation skilled had warned the Directorate General of Civil Aviation about the potential of a repeat at Kozhikode. But this crash proves that every one these deaths have been in useless; for, no classes have been learnt by the regulator, the Airports Authority of India and the airways.

Captain Deepak Sathe aborted an try after which landed with heavy tailwinds, lacking the landing zone on a runway coated with rainwater. The Air Force Academy’s Sword of Honour recipient, who was an achieved fighter and take a look at pilot, in response to some accounts had ejected all of the gas as a precaution whereas touchdown. This is being cited in social media posts made by Captain Sathe’s family as the explanation for the plane not bursting into flames and killing all on board. Though the potential of the pilot’s error of judgement can’t be dominated out, the supreme sacrifice of Sathe and his co-pilot, Akhilesh Sharma, should be acknowledged.

These accounts point out acts of omission and fee by the authorities, who allowed large plane to function from a tabletop with hardly any buffer between the runway and a steep drop forward or area on both aspect; worse, the airport operator appears to have allowed water to gather on the runway, resulting in aquaplaning. The query, as to why the plane was not diverted to Kochi by the air visitors controllers regardless of inclement climate, hangs within the air.

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