Kingfisher flight crashes at Mumbai, shuts down airport

A Kingfisher Airlines Aerospatiale ATR-72-500, registration VT-KAC performing flight IT-4124 from Bhavnagar skidded off the runway and crashed at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) at 16:40 local (11:10Z). 42 passengers and 4 crew were evacuated safely, no injuries occurred to the passengers and crew.

It appears the plane overran the runway, skidded and came to rest on soft ground at the end of the runway.

The accident resulted in a two hour closure of one of India’s primary airports which handles over 650 flights per day, at the peak operating hour. There were wide disruptions of flights.

Due to ongoing maintenance, on Tuesdays the main runway 27 at Mumbai is shortened between 12:00 to 18:00 local with a displaced threshold of 1,232 meters from the original, as runway 27A

There was rain and reduced visibility at the time of the incident and already there is speculation if the pilots ignored the guidelines of the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of not landing in poor weather.

The aircraft has received substantial damage to the nose gear, left hand main gear, left wing tip and left hand propeller. Repeated queries to the airline failed to elicit any response on whether the aircraft is salvageable. This picture from veteran plane spotter Sean D’Silva show extensive damage and it appears the aircraft may have to be written off.

A Kingfisher Airlines spokesperson said:

Kingfisher Airlines’ flight safety department will conduct a full inquiry into the incident and cooperate fully with the DGCA team that will probe this incident. Pending the investigation, the pilots have been de-rostered. We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to our valued guests on this account.

This is the second time a Kingfisher flight has skidded off the runway. Earlier this year in April, a Kingfisher Airbus A320 VT-KFT was involved in an accident at Bengaluru International Airport.

In June this year, another Kingfisher A320 VT-ADR was involved in an incident at Bagdogra airport where the plane’s wingtip was damaged after it hit a bunker near the runway.

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About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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