Air India Express flight (File Photo)
Photos and videos of an Air India Express flight, carrying 183 passengers, skidding off the runway right next to a water body at the Mangalore International Airport, have gone viral on social networking sites. An one minute long scary footage, which is doing rounds on social media platforms, shows how the Boeing 737 aircraft, flight IX384, while touching down at the airport, overshot the landing strip and skidded onto the surrounding grassy area. However, the flight had a lucky escape yesterday and all the passengers and crew on board the plane are safe.
Video shot from inside the Air India Express Dubai-Mangalore flight, captures the horrific moment when the aircraft skidded off the strip, at Mangalore airport on Sunday. Watch video pic.twitter.com/ZHKklH3Sk2— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) July 1, 2019
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.
"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 Air India Express said.
Tailwind and wet runway with inadequate braking action were reported to be the reasons behind the incident, the airlines said, adding that all passengers and crew are safe, and they deplaned using step ladder.