The Aircraft crashed about 7:40pm on Friday and the sources said that its attempted to land for the second time by the pilots because of heavy rainfall:-
On last Friday 7th Aug, An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people. The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, skidded off on the runway in rain and broke in two parts after landing at Calicut airport, aviation officials said.
But many of us don’t know about the actual reason for the accident and why the social media is mentioning so many times the name Tabletop-Runway?? . And was there any announcement received by Airport Authorities before crashed?? So here we are to analyses all the things nearby the accident
First thing, what is table-top runway and why is it’s so risky??
A tabletop runway is a runway that is located on the top of a plateau with one or both ends adjacent to a vertical cliff which drops into a deep valley. This type of runway creates an optical illusion which requires a very precise approach by the pilot.
There is also the issue of optical illusion, where the runway might seem to be nearer whereas it would actually be further away.
And in India have 4 tabletop runway airports and in which 2 airports are in Kerala, one in Karnataka and one in Mizoram.
The Aircraft crashed about 7:40pm on Friday and the sources said that its attempted to land for the second time by the pilots because of heavy rainfall.
Air Marshal (Retired) Bhushan Gokhale, who investigated the Mangalore plane crash said.
“It was raining heavily in Kerala. The accumulation of rainwater on the runway surface in the rainy season is the riskiest thing. There should be proper drainage on runaway and a maximum of around 3 mm water film is allowed. During braking, the wheel of aircraft gets locked while landing and later released. At that time, if there is a film, then the plane will skid off. In this case, the plane can go in right or left direction or it cannot stop, Rubber in the plane tires melts while landing and that’s why smoke comes out. In this case, if the water is on the runway, there will be a problem while landing,”
Here are the Some pictures of Table-top Runways in India