Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Another scare at Mangaluru airport: Why tabletop runways are tricky

Mangaluru: On Sunday evening, Air India Express flight IX 384 from Dubai veered off the runway at Mangaluru International Airport and halted in soft ground, causing a scare for the 181 passengers on board.
The incident on runway number 24 — a tabletop runway — brought back memories of the May 22, 2010 crash of Air India Express flight IX 812. Both aircraft were Boeing 737-800s and flying the Dubai-Mangaluru route. In 2010, following landing errors by the pilots, the aircraft fell off the cliff at the end of the runway and burst into flames killing 158 of the 166 people on board.
While landing on Sunday, the aircraft veered off runway 24 and came to a halt near the end of the runway. The passengers disembarked at the site where the aircraft was stuck. The aircraft suffered minor damage.
See how the tabletop runway makes the incident more risky >>
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