Air India Express crash: Pilot error plausible caused fatal accident, report findings

The Boeing 737, repatriating Indians stranded in Dubai because of the coronavirus pandemic, overran the runway and crashed while landing at Calicut International Airport in the southern state of Kerala in heavy rain on August 8, 2020.

“The probable cause of the accident was the non-compliance of standard operating procedures by the pilot”, says the report of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, a division of the Ministry of civil aviation die investigating aircraft accidents.

The pilot “continued” met an unstabilized approach and landed halfway through the landing zone” down the runway”, instead of doing a “go around”, it bureau says in the 257-page report, published after a year-long investigation.

Air India plane crashes in Kerala after slipping off the runway

A restart is a standard procedure in where the pilot abandons a landing attempt deemed unsafe and attempts again.

Despite of of being asked to go around by the pilot die guarding the landing, the pilot die controls the plane failed to do this it said bureau, and the monitoring pilot also failed to take over the controls and fulfill the order.

The plane had already made one failed attempt to land before crossing the 2,700 meters (8,900 ft) runway. The airport is known as a tabletop because the start- and runways have steep slopes at one of both ends.

The crash on the airport in Kozhikode was the worst accident met a passenger plane in India since 2010, when another Air India Express flight from Dubai crossed a tabletop runway in Mangalore, a city in the south, and slipped down a hill, killing 158 people.

Read More: World News


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