New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) The ill-fated Air India Express flight from Dubai to Kozhikode tried to land amid heavy rains and low visibility at around 16 minutes before it landed and skidded off the table top runway causing a major accident.
As per flight data tracker, the Flight Radar 24, the IX1344/AXB 1344 Air India Express flight, manoeuvred a descent to the runway and reached as low as 1,975 feet, 16 minutes before it skidded. The last few minutes were extremely crucial in reading the adverse conditions that the pilots and the plane were facing.
After this abortive attempt, the place gained an altitude again to circle and come back after reaching an altitude of 7200 feet. The plane skidded off the runway in heavy rain in its second attempt at landing. The last reading for the plane was at an altitude of 925 feet and a speed of 174 knots.
Flight No. IX1344 from Dubai to Kozhikode was to cover a distance of 2,673 km in 3 hours and 37 minutes, but it took the flight 3 hours and 56 minutes.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said, “Because of the weather conditions, he (the pilot) could not land the first time, so he did a turnaround and tried to approach it from a different direction.”
He added that the crash appears to have been caused by a slippery runway.
A deadly combination of a slippery runway, strong tailwind, bad weather conditions, and landing ahead of the threshold spot could have resulted in the skidding of the ill-fated Air India Express in Kozhikode that has reportedly claimed 19 lives.