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Kozhikode plane crash: All you need to know about ‘tricky’ tabletop runways

At the very least eighteen people had been killed and numerous wounded when the Air India Convey flight from Dubai with a hundred ninety onboard overshot the Kozhikode airport’s runway — a tabletop runway, while landing in significant rains and fell 35 ft down a slope and broke into two parts on Friday evening. The pilot-in-command Captain Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar had been between all those who missing their life.

The crash at Kozhikode brought back again bitter reminiscences of the flight accident in Mangaluru in 2010. Mangaluru airport is also constructed on tabletop.

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What is a tabletop runway?

The Kozhikode airport in Kerala has a table-top runway and is operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Normally, tabletop runways are made on a hilly or an elevated terrain and are constructed in a way that there is a trench or valley at the entrance and back again of the size of the runway. Consequently, an exact landing is extremely critical. The tabletops are extremely difficult and identified to be really demanding even for the best of pilots.

Kerala plane crash

Two investigation groups of industry experts from Air India, Airports Authority of India & AAIB achieved Kozhikode.

It is to be observed that landing on tabletop runways necessitates a precision method with very little to no space for errors. Adhering to the devastating Mangalore airplane crash, the Directorate Common of Civil Aviation (DGCA) experienced banned huge-bodied plane from landing at Kozhikode airport. These plane require a larger sized strip of runway to gradual down. Consequently, tabletop runways make them prone to incidents.

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Tabletop runways and air incidents

Aside from the Kozhikode and Mangalore, Lengpui airport in Mizoram, Pakyong airport in Sikkim, Simla and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh are constructed on tabletops.

In 2010, Air India Convey Flight 812, a Boeing 737-800, traveling on the Dubai-Mangalore route overshot the runway on landing at the Mangalore Global Airport, killing 158 passengers.