An Air India plane that took off from Dubai overshot the runway at the Mangalore International Airport on Sunday evening. All passengers are safe and have been de-boarded. The runway has been closed for flight operations as officials probe the incident.
The Air India Express Dubai to Mangalore reportedly veered off the taxiway around 5:30 pm due to tailwind, wet runway in addition to inadequate braking action. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, is being checked by Air India Express engineers.
Another airplane, a Spicejet flight from Bhopal veered off the runway this evening at the Surat airport. "Rescue operation is in progress and getting affected due to heavy rain" said the Airport Director.
An internal investigation has been ordered and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the top civil aviation body has been briefed on the incident, news agency ANI reported.
Boeing is grappling with the fallout of two crashes of its 737 MAX jet, the newer model of the Boeing 737 Next Generation, which includes the 737-800.
The two 737 MAX crashes, which took place within a span of five months, killed a combined 346 people, prompting a worldwide grounding in March and a slew of litigation
(With inputs from ANI)