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Updated: September 13, 2013 03:04 IST

Narrow escape for Indigo passengers as plane veers off runway in Bangalore

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Passengers onboard an Airbus A 320 had a miraculous escape when the aircraft veered off the runway while landing, hitting the edge lights, before stopping at the Bangalore International Airport on Thursday night.

Though no one was injured in the incident, authorities had to suspend air operations for more than two hours leading to a massive disruption of air travel across the country. Airport authorities said there were 110 passengers and six crew members on the Indigo Airlines (6E 125) on Bangalore-Delhi sector. The flight landed on runway 27 amidst heavy rains and downpour at 8.10 pm. “The aircraft landed in heavy rains on the right of the centre of the runway and veered to the right causing damage to five edge lights,” an airport spokesperson said.

The wheels on the landing gear underneath the right wing were deflated under the impact. The aircraft was later taxied off the runway onto taxi track “Foxtrot” and stopped. The passengers and the crew disembarked after getting necessary approval and were offered food and beverages.

The incident has been reported to the Director General of Civil Aviation. “Both DGCA and airlines would be conducting enquiry. We will also be undertaking maintenance check on the aircraft, which will be grounded till then.”

“The runway was immediately shut after the incident and the ground staff started working on repairing the lights,” a Bangalore International Airport spokesperson said.

The airport sources said that the incident occurred during the peak time for international arrivals, causing inconvenience to passengers besides several passengers who had arrived for departures were also stranded. At least 10 flights that were arriving were diverted and 15 others delayed while 9 flights departing from Bangalore were delayed.

Social media networks were agog with passengers tweeting to express their concern about missing their connecting flights.

One of the twitter users was wondering whether she would be able to catch her connecting flight to reach New York.

Flights diverted to Chennai

Chennai Staff Reporter reports:

Sixteen flights that had to arrive at Bangalore from Delhi, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Kochi and Hyderabad were diverted to Chennai late on Thursday as the runway had been closed, said officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI). As of 11.45 p.m. on Thursday, four of the 16 flights departed to Bangalore and the rest of them would leave one after another, they added.

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Though investigation will tell the real cause of this incident but my personal experience with this airline is that their each landing is more horrible and terrifying than previous one. Clear feeling of pilot trying to align the aircraft with runway just before landing by sudden left and right tilts. Feeling of two bouncing up on first touching the runway before all wheels are on ground. Hard braking as if it aircraft was not slow enough while landing. I never observed these in any international or Indian domestic flights like KF or SJ or IA.

from:  Mickey
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 20:58 IST

Assuming the plane has not landed on the approach lights; or auto
landing system & the Pilot are not to be blamed then factors such as
visibility; high velocity wind with rain; aquaplana; friction
coefficiency offered by the runway surface; inequality in braking and
brake releasing efficiency between the right and left wheels of the
main landing gear etc. are to be blamed for the mishap. The bad
weather and rain causing aquaplana (plane of water layer on the
surface of runway or any road during rain or washing) could have
caused lower friction coefficiency resulting in an extra length of
skid than the routine landing. The force of wind and/or extra braking
efficiency on the right wheels of the main landing gear may cause
rightward drift or veering during such skidding or on brake releasing.
Since the Pilot seems to be under control and temper he had apparently
managed the veering quickly with a damage of 5 edge lights alone
without allowing the plane to run down the runway.

from:  Prof. N. Gunachandran
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 16:03 IST

This incident comes no less sooner when the country is faced with
daunting safety issues in a fiercely competitive civil aviation market.
As more and more people aspire to use air transportation fuelling rapid
expansion of civil aviation industry, India is bound to suffer growing
pains related poor airport and air traffic infrastructure. Rapidly
expanding airline combined with poor infrastructural issues pose a
toxic mix posing high operating risks. Certainly DGCA and Government
are sincere in their efforts to improve basic items of the run way
including scientific rubber removal to prevent aquaplaning or
hydroplaning by the tires of an aircraft which occurs when a layer of
water builds between the wheels and runway surface, leading to a loss
of traction that prevents the aircraft from responding to control
inputs. This appears to have caused the Bangalore incident. However all
corrective efforts will depend on qualified personal exercising good
oversight. This indeed is great dilemma for a country with civil
aviation in exponential growth with a marked lack of qualified and
certified personal to ensure air safety.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 13:29 IST

When there is such an accident, people and passengers are anxious and
there must be early proper communications and announcements. Secondly
the traffic police must arrange for the quick transportation for all
concerned. When the main city is at a distance and small number of
police is to control the traffic outside the Intl.airport, the chaos is
to be seen to be believed. Hope remedial measures will be taken by the
state govt. at the earliest.

from:  s.leelavarhy
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 00:30 IST
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