When AI Express talked about Kozhikode airport and runway as amongst ‘most beautiful’

New Delhi, August 8

Four years in the past, Air India Express talked about Kozhikode worldwide airport in an inventory of India’s “most beautiful airports and runways”. On Friday, the funds airline’s Boeing 737 plane crashed on the similar aerodrome killing at the least 18 folks.

The tabletop runway on the airport, positioned in Kerala, poses challenges for pilots on the time of touchdown and there can’t be any margin for error. A tabletop runway is constructed on a hilly or an elevated terrain.

In a weblog put up titled ‘India’s Most Beautiful Runways and Airports’ dated August 26, 2016, the airline mentioned the fun of flying had been made much more spectacular once you had been greeted by the scenic fantastic thing about your dream vacation spot.

Listing out a number of the “most beautiful airports and runways located in places that are even more picturesque”, Air India Express talked about about Kozhikode airport.

Kozhikode is also referred to as Calicut.

“Calicut International Airport, also known as Karipur Airport, is an international airport serving the cities of Kozhikode and Malappuram in Kerala, India. It is located in Karipur, about 25 km from Malappuram and 28 km from Kozhikode. The airport is one of only three tabletop runways in the country… built on hilly terrain and can be challenging to pilots,” the weblog put up on its web site had mentioned.

Other airports talked about within the weblog included these at Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Leh and Shimla.

About the Lengpui airport in Mizoram, the airline had mentioned it was among the many three aerodromes having a tabletop runway.

“The 2,500-metre runway of the Lengpui airport is unique as it has many hilly streams running underneath. The airport is one among the three airports in India that has a tabletop runway, which creates an optical illusion. It is located at a distance of 32 km from Aizawl at an altitude of 504 m from sea level,” the weblog mentioned.

On Friday, the Air India Express plane overshot the runway at Kozhikode airport amid rains and went down 35 ft right into a slope earlier than breaking apart into two items. The flight was operated as a part of the Vande Bharat Mission.

Air India Express is a part of Air India group and operates a lot of flights from Kerala to the Gulf area. PTI

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