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Qatar Airways' flight lands 'off-centred' on Kochi runway

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A Qatar Airways' Kochi-bound A330 aircraft carrying 306 passengers from landed "off-centred" on runway due to adverse weather conditions today morning, damaging 12 runway lights.

However, all passengers were safe, a Cochin (CIAL) said.

Two flights - a Dubai-bound and an Emirates' flight for Kochi - were delayed due to the incident, which is being investigated by the of Civil (DGCA), the CIAL said in a statement.

cancelled the return leg of the flight and accommodated all passengers on other flights, it added.

The confirmed the incident, saying the aircraft "skidded" during landing roll due to heavy rain and water on the runway, damaging a few runway lights.

"A flight, QR 516, bound for Kochi from Doha, with 306 passengers on board, landed off-centred on runway, apparently due to the adverse weather build-up immediately prior to touch down at There were no casualties reported," the CIAL said.

The incident happened at 0219 hours Friday morning, it added.

"The weather condition was acceptable when the aircraft commenced approach to the runway, it is reported. Later observation revealed that there was a sudden weather build-up almost on the runway, with heavy rain and cross wind, causing the aircraft to touch down few meters off the pre-designated central line.

"Subsequently the pilot could manage to correct the deviation and the aircraft was brought back to the central line of the runway and then to the parking stand," it said.

During the runway inspection, 12 lights fitting on the right edge of the runway were found damaged, the CIAL said, adding the debris was immediately removed and the runway was made operational at 0338 hours.

"flight QR516 from DOH to COK skidded during landing roll due to heavy rain and water on the runway, damaging a few runway lights. The aircraft taxied normally to the stand," the said in the statement.

It, however, refused to share the number of people onboard, including the crew.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 16:10 IST