New Delhi, July 10: In a bizarre incident, an Air India Express flight IX 213 from Vijayawada to Mumbai overshot the runway at Mumbai airport on Tuesday amid heavy rains. The Boeing 737 aircraft landed at around 2.51 PM but could not come to a halt within the runway. No damage to aircraft or airport property or injuries to any person was reported. All the passengers are safe.
As the primary runway was shut down for maintenance, the flight landed secondary runway 14. KS. Sunder CEO Air India Express confirmed the incident and said the Air India Express Engineering team is inspecting the aircraft at Mumbai airport.
Sunder further informed that the aircraft stopped 10 feet beyond the runway end on the paved stopway. "The aircraft had touched down correctly and used maximum braking but due to the slippery conditions caused by heavy rain the aircraft could stop only at the stopway," he was quoted by TOI.
According to reports, the Union government earlier this week enhanced Air India's compensation for special flight services to ferry VIPs like the President and the Prime Minister.
According to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), the expenditure for "Special Extra Section Flights" (SESF) operations has been enhanced to Rs 534.38 crore plus applicable taxes for 2016-17.