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Plane skids off wet runway at Mumbai airport

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 115 people skidded off a wet runway at the Mumbai airport on Friday, the second such incident in less than a week, raising concerns about the state of Indian airports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2011 02:34 IST
HT Correspondent

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 115 people skidded off a wet runway at the Mumbai airport on Friday, the second such incident in less than a week, raising concerns about the state of Indian airports.

On Monday, a Gulf Air plane from Bahrain veered off the runway in Kerala's Kochi airport, which was also lashed by heavy rain.

The Airbus A340, arriving from Istanbul, lost control as it was speeding on the main runway and misjudged a turn, officials said. No one was hurt in the incident and everyone was evacuated safely.

"The pilot took the turn off the runway at a speed of more than 60 knots. They should have either slowed down or taken the subsequent exit," said an official of the DGCA on condition of anonymity.

However, Turkish Airlines said the incident happened as a result of excessive rainfall.

Flight operations were affected as authorities struggled to remove the plane, which remained stuck in the slush off the runway for more than 12 hours. At least five flights were diverted and several others were delayed.

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