Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Air India Express veers off taxiway in Kochi, all safe

Kochi: Over 100 passengers and six crew of an Air India Express flight IX 452 from Abu Dhabi had a lucky escape after their aeroplane skidded off its taxiway in the early hours of Tuesday. The plane’s back wheels jumped off the taxiway into the nearby drain and the passengers were evacuated through the front door, source said.

Sources said that it was poor visibility in heavy rains that caused the accident. The accident occurred around 2.40 a. m. None of the passengers (102) were hurt. The Director General of Civil Aviation has been informed of the accident, airport sources said.

Air India Express authorities have assured to deliver the passengers' baggage at their homes.

The  authorities have ordered an enquiry into the incident, sources added.

Meanwhile, Cochin International Airport authorities have clarified that since the aeroplane involved in the accident was not near the runway, other flight services from the airport had not been affected
05/09/17 The Hindu