An Air India flight with 136 passengers on board landed on an under construction runway at Male airport, Maldives, on Friday. The flight, AI 263 was operating on Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram-Male sector, and everyone was safe when it touched down on the uncommissioned runway. Both the pilots have been grounded and an inquiry will be conducted by authorities in Maldives and India to find out how this serious error happened.
“The Airbus A320 NEO aircraft (VT-EXL) landed on wrong (under construction) runway at Male. There were 136 passengers and crew on board. Everyone is safe. The aircraft was towed to parking bay. A tyre of the main landing gear deflated,” said a senior AI official. The aircraft landed at a non-operational runway at Male’s Velana International Airport in the Maldives. Read more