“The possible explanation for the accident was the non-adherence to plain working procedures by the pilot flying,” says the report by the Plane Accident Investigation Bureau, a division of the Ministry of Civil Aviation that probes aircraft accidents.
The pilot “continued an unstabilized method and landed past the landing zone, midway down the runway”, as an alternative of doing a “go round”, the company says within the 257-page report, revealed after a year-long investigation.
A go-around is a typical process during which the pilot abandons a touchdown try deemed unsafe and tries once more.
Regardless of being requested to go round by the pilot monitoring the touchdown, the pilot flying the plane failed to take action, the company mentioned, and the monitoring pilot additionally did not take over the controls and execute the order.
The plane had already made one failed try and land earlier than it overran the two,700-metre (8,900-foot) runway. The airport is named a table-top as a result of its runways have steep drops at one or each ends.
The crash on the airport in Kozhikode was India’s worst passenger plane accident since 2010, when one other Air India Specific flight from Dubai overshot a table-top runway in Mangalore, a metropolis within the south, and slid down a hill, killing 158 folks.