Landing trouble: 5 near-accidents at airports in three days, should we be scared

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Five passengers jets suffered near-accidents that including overshooting the runway or veering off the path in the last three days at different airports in the country

  • Four of the five incidents were blamed on heavy rain, wet runway
  • The incidents took place at Mangalore, Surat, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Kolkata
  • The most serious of the incidents took place at the Mumbai airport

Scary days for Indian commercial aviation refuse to end with five passenger jets now suffering minor incidents on the runway in the past three days. Two Air India Express and three SpiceJet planes suffered runway incidents in past three days, none of which, thankfully, led to any injuries or casualties.

The near-accidents include overshooting the runway and veering off the designated operating line. The incidents took place at the Mangalore, Surat, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Kolkata airports.

The most serious of these accidents took place in Mumbai on Monday night when a SpiceJet passenger jet overshot the runway after landing, putting the city’s main runway out of commission for several hours. More than 50 flights had to be cancelled as a result.

Of the five runway incidents, four were due to wet runways and rain. The incidents prompted aviation watchdog DGCA to issue safety directions to airlines over the incidents of aircraft overshooting runways after landing.

MANGALORE

The first of the five incidents took place in Mangalore on Sunday. An Air India Express from Dubai veered off the taxiway after landing and got stuck in soft ground.

Passengers and crew onboard — 183 in all — the Air India Express flight were safely evacuated with the help of a step ladder. According to a report by news agency Press Trust of India, wet runway and overspeeding were identified as the preliminary factors behind the Mangalore incident.

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