Airport Authority of India chairman Arvind Singh mentioned Saturday that points with the runway on the Kozhikode airport the place an Air India flight crashed Friday night had been resolved.
“Directorate Basic of Civil Aviation had some points with the runway in 2015, however after resolving these points, clearance was given to it in 2019. The jumbo jets of Air India additionally used to land there,” ANI quoted Singh as saying.
He additionally mentioned that the plane couldn’t land on the designated runway.
“The plane couldn’t land at a runway on which it needed to, then touchdown was tried on one other runway the place the mishap occurred. We’re monitoring scenario and the airport will grow to be operational quickly. An alternate facility in Nagpur can also be underneath progress,” he mentioned.
At the least 18 individuals, together with the pilot and the co-pilot, had been killed when the plane with 190 individuals on board overshot the runway amid heavy rain at Kozhikode airport and fell right into a valley and break up into two. The flight was bringing Indians stranded in Dubai amid Covid-19 pandemic underneath the federal government’s Vande Bharat Mission.
A probe 10 years in the past after an analogous crash at Mangalore airport, had identified the hazards of tabletop runways.
India has three tabletop airports from the place scheduled flights function. These are Mangalore, Kozhikode and Lengpui (Mizoram). The probe report mentioned that due to the undulating terrain and constraints of house, these airfields require additional talent and warning whereas finishing up flight operations.
“The hazard of undershooting and overshooting, specifically, can result in grave conditions, as was the case on this (Mangaolre) accident. These table-top runways even have an issue of entry roads across the airfield, which can have to be utilized in case of plane accidents,” it added.
Friday’s crash at Kozhikode has an eerie similarity to the Mangalore accident on 22 Might 2010 when a Boeing 737-800 Air India Categorical Flight from Dubai crashed on touchdown at Mangalore amid rain. The plane had overshot the runway and fell a hillside and burst into flames killing 158 of the 160 individuals on board.