A SpiceJet aircraft from Pune veered off towards right from the runway centre line at the Kolkata Airport, owing to wet runway and a heavy rainfall during landing, on Tuesday, the airline spokesperson said. The spokesperson added that four runway edge lights were inadvertently damaged in the incident, but all passengers and crew safe.
“SpiceJet Boeing 737 800 aircraft, flight SG-275 on Pune-Kolkata route veered off towards right from the runway center line, owing to wet runway & heavy rain during landing, today. 4 runway edge lights were inadvertently damaged. All passengers & crew safe,” the SpiceJet spokesperson.
Amid multiple such incidents, aviation watchdog DGCA has issued safety directions to the country's airlines. It said in a circular that crew members should be well aware of aircraft limitations during adverse weather operations and airlines should carry out their own "risk assessment" before operating in such conditions.
On Monday, a SpiceJet flight from Jaipur skid and overshot the main runway while landing at the Mumbai airport amidst heavy rains, although none of the passengers were hurt in the incident, said a source privy to the matter. The incident happened around 11.45 pm when the SpiceJet flight SG6237 flying from Jaipur to Mumbai skid and overshot the main runway, the source said.
"A SpiceJet flight SG6237, which was coming from Jaipur to Mumbai, skid and overshot the main runway at around 11.45 pm on Monday night. All passengers are safe. The main runway has been temporarily closed," the source said.
On June 30, a SpiceJet flight from Bhopal overshot the runway at Surat Airport, said the airport director of Surat. All passengers and crew members are safe and rescue operation was in progress, the director said.
The incident came hours after an Air India Express flight veered off the taxiway after landing and got stuck into soft ground at the Mangalore airport on Sunday. All passengers and crew on board the Dubai-Mangalore flight are safe, the airport and the airlines said in separate statements.
According to a statement issued by the Mangalore airport, the Air India Express Dubai to Mangalore plane veered off the taxi way after landing. The aircraft got stuck in the grass, it said.
The operations at the airport are normal and the aircraft will be towed soon.
"AI Express aircraft VT-AYA, operating IX 384, Dubai to Mangalore on June 30, after landing on runway 24 while vacating the runway to the right side, has gone off the taxiway into soft ground," the airlines said.
Tailwind and wet runway with inadequate braking action were reported to be the reasons behind the incident, it said. All passengers and crew are safe, and they deplaned using step ladder, it said.