In the south Indian state of Kerela, an Air India Express plane crashed after skidding off the runway while landing a Kozhikode Calicut International Airport. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau retrieved all the digital flight data records on this Saturday. The civil aviation ministry also retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the wrecked Flight IX 1344.
The pilot, co- pilot along with sixteen other people were killed when the aircraft was trying to land and got skid away from the runway due to the torrential rain, crashing 35 feet into the valley.
The investigating team got all the digital flight data records also known as the black box and the cockpit voice recorder after cutting the floorboard of cockpit. The lack box and the cockpit voice recorder were then sent to Delhi for analysis and decoding as it is considered to be the most important part of the airplane crash explaining any kind of mishap happened.
The Civil Aviation Ministry, the members from AAIB and the flight safety department members reached the crash site from Delhi. The investigators who visited the ATC refused to answer any queries.
“All crashes are caused by multiple contributory factors and here preliminary info shows wrong landing due to bad weather as a reason. 8000-foot long runway of the airport is sufficient for a Boeing 737 to land but it is learnt that the aircraft landed 3000 feet off. What exactly happened will be clear only after checking the flight history and the ATC- pilot communication,” said a senior official.
There could be various reason behind the accident like hydroplaning (total loss of friction between the wheels and runway surface due to the formation of a layer of water on the ground) or optical illusion.
There was also a last-minute change in runways. There were no such reports of trouble with the landing gear of the aircraft. “The inquiry report should find out all aspects such as weather, wind, poor visibility, miscommunication with ATC if any, ” said Bharat Bhusan the former DGCA chief.
“Let’s not speculate on the cause contributing to crash and wait for the result of the investigation. We are fortunate that unlike the tragic incident of Mangaluru airport 10 years ago, when the aircraft caught fire, here the preventive measures minimized the loss of life,” said the civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
In 2019, there was an investigation on the Kozhikode runway which had revealed concerns like excess rubber deposits and had cracks and stagnating water found in the part of runways which could possibly be a reason.
Written by Ompriya Sahoo
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