The A-310 aircraft of Air India that got stuck on the runway of the Thiruvananthapuram international airport on Wednesday night during an emergency landing following a snag in the landing gear door is still remaining grounded.
The technicians are still repairing the aircraft and make it airworthy, airline sources said. The aircraft's main wheel got stuck at the end of the runway due to jamming of the brake and it had to be towed away with much difficulty to resume flight operations from the airport.
The AI flight bound for Dammam with 80 passengers and two infants made an emergency landing 40 minutes after landing when the aircraft commander noticed the warning signal in the panel. The sources said the commander had to make a ‘hard landing' in view of the snag in the landing gear door. The flight operations came to a standstill for nearly five hours after the aircraft got stuck on the runway. The flight operation resumed around 11.30 p.m. on Wednesday night after the aircraft was towed away.
Jet Airways flight to Dammam was the first to depart from the airport once the runway was cleared. The sources said as per rule, the incident had been intimated to the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as it took place on the runway. Moreover, the aircraft had also been grounded. Investigations as per procedure would be carried out into the incident.
The sources refused to comment on the report that the commander and the co-pilot had been de-rostered following the incident. The DGCA had also sought the report on the incident from the national carrier.
Meanwhile, five passengers who got stranded in the city and whose visa was about to expire were sent in Jet Airways and Emirates flights on Thursday morning and evening. The remaining passengers will depart from here in the scheduled AI 915 flight to Dammam at 9.10 a.m. on Friday.
The sources said 30 of the 80 passengers stranded were given accommodation in the city hotels.
The aircraft's main wheel got stuck on the runway following hard landing on Wednesday night.