Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Landing trouble: 5 near-accidents at airports in three days, should we be scared?

Scary days for Indian commercial aviation refuse to end with five passenger jets now suffering minor incidents on the runway in the past three days. Two Air India Express and three SpiceJet planes suffered runway incidents in past three days, none of which, thankfully, led to any injuries or casualties.

The near-accidents include overshooting the runway and veering off the designated operating line. The incidents took place at the Mangalore, Surat, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Kolkata airports.

The most serious of these accidents took place in Mumbai on Monday night when a SpiceJet passenger jet overshot the runway after landing, putting the city's main runway out of commission for several hours. More than 50 flights had to be cancelled as a result.

Of the five runway incidents, four were due to wet runways and rain. The incidents prompted aviation watchdog DGCA to issue safety directions to airlines over the incidents of aircraft overshooting runways after landing.

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