An Air India Express plane veered off from taxiway at Kochi airport while approaching parking bay early on Tuesday morning. All 102 passengers were evacuated safely.
The incident took place at around 2.40 am when the Abu Dhabi-Kochi Air India Express IX 452 approached the parking bay from taxiway after its landing at 2.39 am, a Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) spokesman said.
“All passengers were evacuated through ladder. All safe. No casualties,” the official said.
The nose-wheel of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft also collapsed after it went off the taxiway, an airline source told PTI.
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The aircraft has been grounded after the incident, the source said, adding an internal inquiry as well as a probe by the aviation regulator DGCA has been initiated.
Air India Express spokesperson was not available for comments.
An Air India express veered off from taxiway at Kochi airport while approaching parking bay, today. All passengers evacuated safely. pic.twitter.com/T8zElXQPHe— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2017