Abu Dhabi-Kochi flight veers of taxiway, 102 passengers evacuated safely

Passengers on board an Air India Express aircraft coming from Abu Dhabi had a miraculous escape today morning as it veered off the taxiway at the Kochi airport in Kerala. However, all the passengers were evacuated safely.

According to reports, the incident occurred at 2:40 am as Abu Dhabi-Kochi Air India Express IX 452  went off the taxiway and rolled partly into a drain. All 102 passengers were evacuated safely from the flight with a ladder.
 

Air India Express aircraft
Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Sources revealed that the plane took a turn too soon - about 90 metres before it was supposed to - while approaching the parking bay and went off track. Images showed a wheel of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft stuck in what appeared to be a drain.

Spokesperson of Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) said, “All passengers were evacuated through a ladder. All safe. No casualties.”

Meanwhile, the aircraft has been grounded and an internal inquiry has also started. A report has also gone to aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which  is investigating the mishap

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Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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