Air India Express plane from Vijaywada overshoots runway in Mumbai, all passengers safe

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Mumbai | Updated: July 10, 2018 5:57:10 PM

A major mishap was averted today after an Air India Express aircraft overshot the runway while landing at the Mumbai airport amid heavy rains.

Air India Express flight IX21 from Vijayawada to Mumbai stopped 10 feet beyond the runway. (Representative Image: Reuters)

A major mishap was averted today after an Air India Express aircraft overshot the runway while landing at the Mumbai airport amid heavy rains. However, all passengers were safe and there was no damage to either the aircraft or the runway, the airline said in a statement.

At around 1450 hours, Air India Express flight IX21 from Vijayawada to Mumbai while landing on alternate runway 1 due to the closure of main runway 27, stopped 10 feet beyond the runway end on the paved stopway, the statement said. According to a Mumbai Airport official, it was carrying out operations from the secondary runway 14 due to the maintenance work at the main runway 27.

“The aircraft had touched down correctly and use maximum braking but due to the slippery conditions caused by heavy rain, the aircraft could stop only at the stopway,” the airline said. No damage to the aircraft or airport property was reported and none of the passengers suffered any injury as the aircraft taxied on its own power to the parking bay, it added. Last September, a SpiceJet aircraft carrying 18 passengers overshot the runway during landing and skidde off into the unpaved surface due to wet conditions caused b heavy rains.

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