Mumbai: Whereas the civil aviation ministry on Saturday didn’t touch upon the prima facie reason behind the accident involving an Air India Specific flight, specialists consider that casualties within the accident at Kozhikode airport was restricted to 18 due to the pilots shut down the engines after touching down on the runway — a transfer that might have made certain that the plane didn’t catch fireplace.
The accident involving the B737 plane with 190 individuals on board arrived from Dubai and was working as a part of India’s Vande Bharat Mission (VMB). In keeping with officers from Airports Authority of India (AAI), the plane touched down close to a taxiway that’s round 1,000 metres from the start of the runway, earlier than breaking apart into two items. Kozhikode airport has a tabletop runway.
A former Air India Engineering Providers Ltd. (AIESL) official, who didn’t wish to be named, stated: “It was a really sensible resolution by the pilots (each of them died within the crash) to close down the 2 engines, which, as per me, is the one purpose the plane didn’t catch fireplace. Often, the engines are shut down solely after an plane involves halt and by no means after touching down.”
An AAI official agreed. “Gasoline is stuffed within the wings of an plane and never the fuselage. The plane appears to have landed usually, as a result of which there was minimal injury to the wings and engines that remained intact. By the point the engines barely touched the runway floor, the pilots had already switched off the engines, considerably lowering the opportunity of the plane catching fireplace,” he stated, requesting anonymity.
Nevertheless, Arun Kumar, aviation regulator DGCA, nevertheless, stated: “All this (theories) is conjectural, let the report come; we’ll know.”
A senior Air India Specific official, who too spoke on situation of anonymity, stated, “It’s a recognized incontrovertible fact that the pilots had been extremely skilled and therefore their presence of thoughts led to minimal doable injury to the lives of the passengers. Additionally, by trying on the photos, fuselage of the plane was far-off from the entrance portion of the plane. So, stands out as the cockpit of the plane banged the wall as a result of which they misplaced their lives.”
Rubbishing the speculation of stomach touchdown (when an plane lands on its stomach), a former DGCA official stated: “No senior pilots will ever commit the error of making an attempt to land on the stomach on a desk to the airport. He would fairly desire diverting to close by airports as he is aware of that there’s a chance of the plane working into the valley.”
In keeping with AAI, Runway 28, the place the Air India Specific flight first tried to land, was in use. Within the second try the pilots landed on runway 10. The pilot then requested for Runway 10. AAI officers stated that the pilots sight the runway solely a couple of minute earlier than touchdown when the atmospherics should not in favour of the plane. When the climate is bad- poor visibility with heavy rainfall- runway is seen solely from a sure distance (ft) away.
AAI stated the plane touched down close to taxiway ‘C’, which is roughly 1,000 metres from the start of Runway 10. The overall size of the runway is 2,700 metres. The reported visibility on the time of touchdown was 2,000 metres because it was raining.
DGCA additionally clarified that the AAI, which operates the Kozhikode airport, was issued a discover by them in July final 12 months. This discover had identified security lapses which had been later labored upon by the AAI.
Nevertheless, a former Air India official stated: “To me the speculation of aquaplaning (a situation which happens when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the plane and the runway floor) and contamination seems to be one of many contributory components to the accident.”