New Delhi: An Alliance Air ATR-72 aircraft, with around 55 passengers on board went off the runway at Jabalpur on Saturday, March 12. The flight took off from Delhi at 11.32am. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation officials will reach the spot to investigate the accident, officials said. The airline said all passengers are safe.
According to reports, the aircraft overshot the runway which is known as runway excursion in aviation parlance. This occurs when the flight exits the runway while taking off or landing.
Madhya Pradesh | Runway excursion occurred at Jabalpur. An Alliance Air ATR-72 aircraft, with around 55 passengers onboard from Delhi, went off the runway at Jabalpur.
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The flight on Saturday overran the runway by 10 metres, the airline said in the statement. “During the operation of Alliance Air flight 9I 691 from Delhi to Jabalpur on 12th March 2022, Alliance Air aircraft shot off the runway by 10 mtrs. We are grateful that all passengers and crew onboard the flight are safe. Our first priority is to evacuate passengers without compromising their safety. While we follow laid down policies/procedures as per the regulatory authorities and have strict checks in place – both pre and post-flight operations in order to ensure complete safety of our passengers & crew, we regret the unfortunate incident,” the airline said.
“We have taken strict note of the incident and the cockpit crew have been de- rostered. A thorough investigation has been initiated. The findings of the same shall be shared with the regulatory authorities and we shall ensure that all required corrective actions are put in place,” Alliance Air said.
Last month, an Alliance Air flight flew from Mumbai to Gujarat’s Bhuj without the engine cover, which fell off on the runway of the Mumbai airport. There was no threat to the safety of the passengers. Reports said it is not allowed to fly without the engine cover and the air traffic control had sounded an alert when the engine cover came off. But the pilot did not realise at that time and landed safely at Bhuj. The flight had over 60 passengers on board.