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Narrow escape: Air India Express plane veers off taxiway in Kochi due to heavy rains

The wheels of the Abu Dhabi-Kochi Air India Express IX 452 got stuck in a storm water drain on the side of the taxiway opposite the international airport terminal

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi/Mumbai 

Narrow escape: Air India Express plane veers off taxiway in Abu Dhabi due to heavy rains

Over a 100 people onboard an Express flight from had a narrow escape after the Boeing aircraft veered off the taxiway on arrival at Kochi airport due to heavy rains early Tuesday morning. 

The 102 passengers and six crew members exited from the doors by a normal step ladder and there were no injuries to anyone, an Express spokesperson said.


"During heavy rains last night at about 2:40 am, while entering the bay from the taxiway at Kochi, our aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 skidded off the taxiway," the spokesperson said in a statement.

The wheels of the Abu Dhabi-Kochi Express IX 452 got stuck in a storm water drain on the side of the taxiway opposite the international airport terminal, he added.

The nose-wheel of the aircraft collapsed when it went off the taxiway, an airline said.

Express is the international budget arm of the government-owned

In July also, an Express passenger aircraft had gone off the runway at Mangalore airport on landing from Dubai, though all passengers and crew members had escaped unhurt.

In May 2010, 152 people were killed when the pilot of the Express flight from Dubai overshot the runway while landing at Mangalore airport and the plane caught fire after it fell over a cliff.

First Published: Tue, September 05 2017. 10:47 IST
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