A Calicut-bound Air India Express flight with 104 passengers on board made
a precautionary landing at the Trivandrum International Airport at noon on
Friday due to a technical snag in the hydraulic system of the aircraft.
The 737-800 Air India Express Boeing flight from Sharjah to Calicut was
diverted to Thiruvananthapuram after the pilot received a technical snag
indication in the cockpit, according to aviation sources.
Following the indication of a snag in the aircraft while flying over the
Arabian Sea, the pilot decided not to land at the Calicut airport where the
length of the tabletop runway was relatively low against the total runway
length of Trivandrum or Cochin international airport. .
All the passengers
are safe and were deplaned from the aircraft.
The airline has also made all necessary arrangements to accommodate
passengers in another flight. The aircraft took off from Sharjah by 7 am and it
was to land at 12.40 at Calicut.
aircraft of the Air India Express had overshot the runway while making a
landing at the Calicut International Airport killing as many as 21 people a few
months ago. The cause of the accident has not been made public so far though an
inquiry was ordered by the civil aviation department.