Air India Express IX384 aircraft coming from Dubai to Mangalore veered off the runway and ended up on grass while arriving in Mangalore. The incident happened at 6 pm on Sunday. No casualties are reported, and all 183 passengers inside the flight are said to have a safe landing.
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, airport authorities announced through a statement.
The airport operations were suspended after the incident. The authorities of the airport have notified the civil aviation authority the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) about the event and have ordered for an internal investigation about the matter. Initial scrutiny revealed that the tailwind and the wet runway along with inadequate braking are the reasons for the change of course of the plane. According to the airport authorities, when the aircraft veered off the taxiway after landing, it got stuck in the grass.
All passengers are safe, and Air India Express engineers are checking the aircraft. An internal investigation has been ordered, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been informed about the incident, an Air India spokesperson responded to news agency ANI. Besides the 183 passengers, the aircraft also had six crew members.
Mangalore airport has a table top runway on the top of the hill. The location prevents the extension of the track.
Mangalore airport has a memory of the plane crash that occurred in 2010 that killed 158 people. A Boeing 737-800 aircraft then similarly overshot the runway and plunged down the cliff into a valley at the end. The pilot was asleep when the incident occurred. A cockpit recorder absorbed the snoring of the pilot, which became major evidence in the investigation.