10 years in the past, AI Express airplane went up in flames after overshooting runway at Mangalore airport

New Delhi, August 8

Back in 2010, an Air India Express plane overshot the runway at Mangalore airport, fell right into a gorge, caught hearth and 158 folks misplaced their lives. And the crash of the airline’s airplane in Kozhikode on Friday is a stark reminder of that accident ten years in the past.

In each cases, Air India Express pilots had overshot tabletop runways. Also, the flights had been coming from Dubai.

In its report on the Mangalore accident that occurred on May 22, 2010, the Court of Inquiry had mentioned the direct trigger was the captain’s failure to discontinue the unstabilised strategy of the airplane.

“Despite the constraints of the terrain surrounding the tabletop runway, the rescue and fire fighting operations had been carried out with due diligence,” the report dated October 31, 2010, mentioned.

As per the report, Air India Express’ Boeing 737-800 plane overran the runway, together with the strip and the Runway End Safety Area (RESA).

“It then impacted the concrete mounting structure of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) Localiser Antenna and fell into a gorge. In the resultant impact and post-crash fire, 152 passengers and all six crew members lost their lives. There were eight survivors,” the report mentioned.

On Friday, the airline’s airplane overshot the runway at Kozhikode airport, fell right into a slope earlier than breaking into two items. While there was no hearth, no less than 18 folks, together with two pilots, are useless within the crash, which additionally occurred when there have been rains.

Tabletop runways are constructed in a hilly or an elevated terrain.

The 2010 report had mentioned there have been three tabletop airports within the nation from the place scheduled flights function at Mangalore, Kozhikode and Lengpui.

“Because of the undulating terrain and constraints of space, these airfields require extra skill and caution while carrying out flight operations. The hazard of undershooting and overshooting, in particular, can lead to grave situations, as was the case in this accident,” the report mentioned.

Further, the report additionally mentioned the tabletop runways had an issue of entry roads across the airfield, which can must be utilized in case of plane accidents.

Citing the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) knowledge, the report had additionally mentioned many of the accidents happen throughout touchdown and take-off phases, with a lot of runway excursions and plane overrunning into the overshoot space.

“Considering the large momentum of these aircraft, a downward slope in the overrun area can worsen the outcome. It is therefore recommended that such downward slopes as obtaining in Mangalore be brought to the same level as the runway surface. This also needs to be ensured at all tabletop airports in the country,” the report mentioned.

The Court of Inquiry had mentioned the reason for the accident was the captain’s failure to discontinue the “unstabilised approach” and his persistence in persevering with with the touchdown, regardless of three calls from the primary officer to “go around” and various warnings from Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).

This was talked about because the direct reason for the accident.

At the time of the Mangalore crash, there was no Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), which was arrange solely in 2012.

The AAIB is probing the Kozhikode accident. PTI

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