MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 plane veered off a runway and into a drain upon landing at the Kochi airport in India’s southwestern Kerala state, and all 102 passengers were subsequently evacuated, local media reported Tuesday.
"All passengers were evacuated through a ladder. All are safe. No casualties," a Cochin International Airport spokesperson said as quoted by NDTV broadcaster.
Air India Express flying from Abu Dhabi to Kochi got stuck in a drain at CIAL as the plane took a wrong turn on the taxi way at 2.40 am.— Vikram Vinod (@VikramVinod_TOI) 5 сентября 2017 г.
According to airport sources, the incident occurred because the plane had made a premature turn.
Abu Dhabi-Kochi Air India express with 102 passengers veered off from taxiway at 2.39 am at Kochi airport. All safe.— India News Ticker (@INT_News_Ticker) 5 сентября 2017 г.
The aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has started an investigation into the incident, and an internal inquiry was also initiated.
Mishap averted: Air India express plane veers off from taxiway at the Kochi airport; all the 102 passengers are safe pic.twitter.com/mq5D0UF02j— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) 5 сентября 2017 г.