Mangalore, August 17: The Air India Dubai flight which hard landed on the tarmac at Mangalore Airport, was cleared to fly by the authorities after inspection and it flew to Abu Dhabi, Air India officials have said.
The Air India official said hard landings were common during monsoon to prevent any untoward incident. Tuesday's landing by Flight 814 was not an emergency landing. Though the visibility was poor, the vertical visibility may have been good and the pilot landed safely. The tyres were not damaged, but they scraped when the brakes were applied hard - hence the tyre marks on the tarmac,'' said the official.
Poor visibility conditions had forced the Air India Express 814 flight from Dubai to be diverted to Calicut on Thursday. It also disrupted the schedule of the domestic flight from Bangalore which landed here two hours late at 10 am.
Air India authorities said that the visibility was very poor, less than 100 mts, hence the flight was diverted to Calicut. The flight arrived at Bajpe airport at 1.30 pm, after it got replacement crew. This flight will leave for Dubai later in the night.
The Civil Aviation rules are very strict. After the requisite Flying Duty Time Limit, the crew has to be replaced whether they have reached the intended destination or not. The replacement crew took over at Calicut,'' the authority added. The flight was scheduled to land at 6.25 am.