Air India aircraft veers off taxiway at Kochi airport, all passengers safe

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Kochi, Sep 5, 2017: An Air India Express aircraft with 102 passengers and six crew members on-board veered off the taxiway at Kochi airport while approaching parking bay when it arrived from Abu Dhabi on Tuesday morning.

As per the initial reports, all passengers were evacuated safely and no casualties reported.

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

The nose-wheel of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft also collapsed after it went off the taxiway, an airline source said.

The incident took place at around 2.40 am when the Abu Dhabi-Kochi Air India Express IX 452 approached the parking bay from taxiway after its landing at 2.39 am, the CIAL spokesman said.

The aircraft has been grounded after the incident, the source said, adding an internal inquiry as well as a probe by the aviation regulator DGCA has been initiated.

Wefornews Bureau

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