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Kerala Plane Crash: Air Experts On Why Landings Are Risky On Kozhikode's Runway,Next To Gorges
The flight IX 1344 was coming from Dubai and carrying 191 people, including crew members.
Kerala Plane Crash: Air Experts On Why Landings Are Risky On Kozhikode's Runway, Next To Gorges
New Delhi: Shortly after the Air India Express plane for Dubai with 190 onboard skidded off the runway spilled into pieces, said top experts said that he had feared a disaster on the tabletop runway that is surrounded by the deep gorges.
Whereas fifteen people, including one pilot, have died. The Boeing 737 Air India Express Aircraft made two attempts to land on Runway 10, as per the flight radar. According to the playback on flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, the plane circled the airport several times before attempting the land.
The plane, after landing, "continued running to the end of the runway and fell down in the valley and broke down in two pieces", said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a statement.
In Kerala, the Kozhikode airport has a tabletop runway, one of those located on the top of the plateau or hill with one or both ends adjacent to the steep precipice that drops into a deep gorge.
The airport has been located on the hill and several international airlines had stopped flying bigger aircraft including Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 jets into the Kozhikode due to the safety issue over the length of the runway.
Captain Mohan Ranganathan the air safety expert said that he had detailed in a report around nine years ago that Calicut(now Kozhikode ) airport was not safe for landings.
Among the four airports in Kerala, the Kozhikode airport has the shortest runaway. The runaway has suffered serious damage in the incessant rain in the past.
Captain Ranganathan claiming he had predicted a disaster in 2020 in some airfields and Kozhikode was among them said that "The runway has a steep downslope, no safety area. They were warned nine years back and given proof but they continued to operate and declared the airport safe".
If there are casualties, then it is murder, a criminal offense," he added."There are 200-feet deep gorges on both sides of the tarmac. It is a very steep downslope. Airlines have been operating blindly there," said Captain Ranganathan.
The next-generation Boeing 737 the plane, overshot the runaway that as slick with rain, slid down a valley and broke into pieces.
"There are 200-feet deep gorges on both sides of the tarmac. It is a very steep downslope. Airlines have been operating blindly there," said Captain Ranganathan.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who represents Thiruvanthapuram said that the airport was "by no means a small one" and handled a considerable number of international flights.
Mr. Shashi Tharoor said "It has a long runway. It is not a small airport or close to the edge of the runaway" commenting that the disaster took place because of the extreme weather conditions, including severe rain and high winds.