Sunday, September 09, 2018

Mistaken landing of Air India flight under investigation

The mistaken landing on the Velana International Airport’s unfinished runway by an Air India flight Friday afternoon is under investigation by both Indian and Maldivian authorities.

India’s aviation safety regulator has suspended the pilot and co-pilot of the A320 neo aircraft, Indian media reported, as the lives of 136 passengers and four crew members were put at risk.

“This being a serious incident, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has been informed. Both the pilots have been put off the roster,” a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation told The Indian Express.

The Air India flight flew to Malé from Thiruvananthapuram.

Two tyres were deflated when the aircraft was towed to the parking bay, according to a report filed by the airline.
Finishing work on VIA’s new runway was ongoing when it landed. The state-owned Maldives Airport Company Ltd and the Civil Aviation Authority launched a joint inquiry, state media reported.
08/09/18 Maldives Independent