Air India Express flight hits electric pole on landing at Vijayawada Airport; all passengers safe


An Air India Express flight hit an electric pole whereas landing at Vijayawada International Airport in Gannavaram on Saturday.

As per an official assertion, all passengers on the flight are safe. The airline authorities have ordered an investigation.

Airport director, G Madhusudan Rao informed ANI: “An Air India flight coming from Doha met with a minor accident at Vijayawada International Airport in Gannavaram today. All passengers are safe. When the flight was about to land, its wing hit a light pole. The light pole broke and fell down. The flight wing is slightly damaged. This incident happened at 16.54 IST.”

“There were 64 passengers in the flight excluding the crew. Nobody is injured in the incident and all are safe,” Rao stated.

Following landing, because the flight was taxiing on the runway in the direction of bay quantity 5, it hit {the electrical} pole.

“AI Express flight IX-1676 that arrived from Doha at Vijayawada Airport at 16.50 hrs, today, while flight was proceeding from runway to Bay No. 5 the captain followed leading margin (yellow) line instead of central yellow line. As a result the flight’s right wing hit the high mask lights pole and the pole fell down. The flight’s right wing got minor damage. Passengers and crew all are safe. Air India staff and technical personnel are attending,” sources stated.

The flight from Doha was headed to Vijaywada after which to Trichy. Out of the 64 passengers, 19 passengers have been headed to Vijaywada and the remaining are actually headed to Trichy. The airline authorities have ordered an investigation,” the airport director Rao stated.

Ramareddy, one of many passengers who had boarded from Doha stated he felt a small jerk throughout landing. “There was a small jerk and we passengers felt nothing except that jerk. The pilot was alert. Nothing happened to anybody,” he stated.

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