Dangerous Landing | Air India Express flight 1344

The info is copied from TheFlightChannel. Video link is shown below.

On 7 August 2020, at Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai, UAE, Air India Express flight 1344 (IX 1344) was preparing for a flight to Calicut Airport (CCJ), Kerala, India. The aircraft operating this flight was a Boeing 737-8HG. The aircraft, registered as VT-AXH, is powered by two CFM56-7B27 engines. The aircraft is 13 years and 9 months old as of the crash date. The crew consists of two pilots and four flight attendants. The flight was under the command of Captain D. V. Sathe. The co-pilot is First Officer Akhilesh Kumar. The flight to Calicut Airport is part of the Indian Vande Bharat Repatriation Mission. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the central and state governments of India coordinated numerous international and domestic evacuation flights and IX 1344 is among one of those. Apart from the 6 crew, there were 185 passengers on board. IX 1344 took off from DXB at 1415 local time. The flight is scheduled to arrive at CCJ at 1940.

3 hours and 10 minutes later…

After an uneventful flight, the pilots began to configure their aircraft for landing in preparation for their impending arrival at CCJ. At 1856 local time, IX 1344 begins to descend. A few minutes later, IX 1344 made it to the airport and the pilots began circling the aircraft above the runway whilst waiting for an approach clearance. Today, due to the monsoon in Kerala, both conditions and visibility were very poor. Scattered clouds were reported at 300 and 1,200 ft with a few cumulonimbus clouds at 2,500 ft and overcast clouds at 8,000 ft. The wing is from 260 degrees at 12 knots. Visibility is 2 km (6,500 ft) in rain. Minutes later, Air Traffic Control (ATC) clears IX 1344 for a teardrop approach to runway 28. IX 1344, which was arriving from the west, overflies the airport at 1912 local time. A few minutes later, the flight crew decided to discontinue the approach to runway 28 and so the ATC clears IX 1344 for a teardrop approach to runway 10.

A few minutes later…

IX 1344 is now on final approach to runway 10. The aircraft touches down at 1941 local time. During landing, the aircraft fails to grip the runway properly. As a result, it fails to stop before the end of the runway, and plunges down from the tabletop by overshooting it into a 30 ft deep gorge.


The aircraft was not able to withstand the force of the fall and split into several sections. 18 of the 191 people on board, including both pilots, died.

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