Kozhikode plane crash brings runway 10 of Calicut airport back in focus after 2017 incident

Ironically, both 'safety occurrences' happened on Runway 10 but the 2017 incident did not lead to any casualty as the aircraft got back on the runway.

Published: 09th August 2020 01:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2020 02:18 PM   |  A+A-

Air India Express, Kerala Plane Crash

The crashed Air India Express flight at the Karipur International Airport.  (Photo / Manu R Mavelil, EPS)

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Can any similarity be drawn between the runway excursion that happened at the Calicut airport on August 4, 2017, and the one that happened on Friday? Whether the investigation launched by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation finds similarities or picks clues from the past incident will be interesting to see.

Ironically, both 'safety occurrences' happened on Runway (RWY) 10. The 2017 incident did not lead to any casualty as the aircraft got back on the runway -- after having veered off with its right wheel moving along soft land -- before coming to a halt.

"Some similarities are there between the two incidents," an officer with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told The New Indian Express.

"In both cases, pilots requested permission to land on RWY 10 though RWY 28 was in use. Also, there was moderate rain over the airfield."

In the final report on the 2017 incident, which came out only recently, DGCA highlighted that the aircraft (of SpiceJet) veered off to the right of RWY 10 after touchdown and impacted the runway edge lights. The investigation cited the excessive rudder input by the pilot in command (PIC) to bring the aircraft to the runway centreline while landing in wet conditions as the probable cause of the runway excursion.

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"Another similarity is that in the 2017 incident, the plan was for the pilot under training (P2) to fly the sector completely. But as the rain was moderate, the PIC (P1) decided to make the landing in consultation with P2. The same is supposed to be the case with the Air India Express aircraft involved in the crash on Friday night. As Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe is much more experienced than the first officer, Captain Akhilesh Kumar, he might have taken control," the officer added.

What other scenarios will be explored?

DGCA will examine whether possibilities like rudder jam, rudder pedal stiffness, nose wheel steering fault or skidding due to rubber deposits on runway resulted in the mishap.


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  • Peter George

    A vital clarification for your readers. There is frequent mention of TWO runways at Calicut Airport in the many reports of the Flight 1344 runway overshoot on 07Aug20. THERE IS PHYSICALLY ONLY ONE RUNWAY at Calicut; it's called RWY 10 when a plane is going to land from one direction but RWY 28 if it's going to land from the opposite direction. If all else is equal
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