Pilot error and a failure to comply with security pointers in all probability induced the Air India Categorical crash that killed 21 individuals final yr, the nation’s worst aviation accident in a decade, investigators stated in a report on Saturday.
The Boeing 737, repatriating Indians stranded in Dubai as a result of coronavirus pandemic, overshot the table-top runway and crashed whereas touchdown at Calicut Worldwide Airport within the southern state of Kerala in heavy rain on Aug. 8, 2020.
“The possible reason for the accident was the non-adherence to straightforward working procedures by the pilot flying,” says the report by the Plane Accident Investigation Bureau, a division of the Ministry of Civil Aviation that probes airplane accidents.
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The pilot “continued an unstabilised strategy and landed past the landing zone, midway down the runway”, as a substitute of doing a “go round”, the company says within the 257-page report, revealed after a year-long investigation.
A go-around is a typical process during which the pilot abandons a touchdown try deemed unsafe and tries once more.
Regardless of being requested to go round by the pilot monitoring the touchdown, the pilot flying the plane failed to take action, the company stated, and the monitoring pilot additionally didn’t take over the controls and execute the order.
The plane had already made one failed try to land earlier than it overran the two,700-metre (8,900-foot) runway. The airport is named a table-top as a result of its runways have steep drops at one or each ends.
The crash on the airport in Kozhikode was India’s worst passenger plane accident since 2010, when one other Air India Categorical flight from Dubai overshot a table-top runway in Mangalore, a metropolis within the south, and slid down a hill, killing 158 individuals.