Pilot error caused Air India Express crash in Kerala last year
11 Sep 2021
The damaged plane sits on the accident site in Kochi.
Gulf Today Report
A pilot’s malfeasance on standard operating procedures caused an Air India Express plane to crash at Kozhikode airport last year.
Twenty-one people perished in the disaster.
"'The probable cause of the accident was the non-adherence to standard operating procedures by the pilot flying, wherein, he continued an unstabilised approach and landed beyond the touchdown zone,” said a government report, according to the website of well-known Indian TV news channel.
The 257-page report by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau also said that the role of systemic failures as a contributory factor to the crash cannot be overlooked.
There were 184 passengers and six crew members on board Flight 1344 that took off from Dubai and crashed upon landing in Kozhikode on August 7 last year. Among those killed were 19 passengers and the two pilots.