Friday, February 17, 2012

Air India Express Boeing 737-800, VT-AXV

NTSB Identification: DCA10RA063 
Accident occurred Saturday, May 22, 2010 in Manglaore, India
Aircraft: BOEING 737, registration:
Injuries: 158 Fatal,7 Serious,1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 22, 2010 at about 6:10 am local time (0040 UTC), Air India Express flight 812 (VT-AXV), a Boeing 737-800 equipped with CFM56 engines, overran the runway into a valley during landing at the Mangalore International Airport, Mangalore, India. Of the 166 passengers and crew on board, there were 158 fatalities and 8 survivors. The airplane was substantially consumed by post-crash fire. The flight originated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The investigation will be conducted by the Indian Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and the NTSB has designated a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the DGCA as the State of design and manufacture.

All inquiries should be directed to:

Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation
DGCA Complex
Opposite Safdarjung Airport
New Delhi 110003

New Delhi: Nearly two years after the Mangalore air crash claimed 158 lives, the final report of the Court of Inquiry was made public on Friday, with the investigators blaming Capt Z Glusica for failing to discontinue an 'unstabilized approach'.

The CoI, headed by former Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale, had found that the direct cause of the accident was Glusica's "failure to discontinue the unstabilized approach and his persistence in continuing with the landing, despite three calls from the First Officer (H S Ahluwalia) to 'go around' and a number of warnings from EGPWS (enhanced ground proximity warning systems)".

Though the main findings of the CoI had been given out on its submission in October 2010 itself, the entire report was put up on the Directorate General of Civil Aviation website today.

The report said the final touchdown of the Boeing 737-800 on the morning of May 22, 2010, was "at about 5,200 feet from the beginning of Runway 24, leaving only about 2,800 feet to the end of the paved surface, to stop the aircraft."

Soon after landing, the Captain had initiated a "rather delayed 'go around' or an attempted take-off, in contravention to Standard Operating Procedure laid down by the manufacturer, Boeing", the report said.

The aircraft had overshot the runway as its right wing hit the Instrument Landing System localizer structure. It then rammed into the airport boundary fence and fell into a gorge.

Among a series of recommendation to avoid such accidents and incidents, the CoI had sought the setting up of an Independent Civil Aviation Safety Board "urgently, in view of rapid growth of aviation in the country".