Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway in India

Sep 02 2011

A Turkish Airlines plane has skidded off the runway after landing at the airport in the Indian city of Mumbai, but no one had been injured.

The Airbus A340 flight from Istanbul was carrying 97 passengers and crew.

It is not clear what caused the incident. Officials said the runway had been inspected 15 minutes before the plane landed.

On Monday seven passengers were injured when a Gulf Air plane came off the runway at Kochi airport in Kerala.

A Mumbai airport spokesperson said the Turkish Airlines plane "veered" off the runway after landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport around 0415 (2245 GMT).

"All emergency procedures are being activated ... Passengers are disembarked safely and taken in the terminal. No casualties reported. Flight operations have not been affected," Anindita Sinha was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

Earlier this week a Gulf Air plane, carrying 137 passengers and six crew, skidded off the runway as it came in to land at Kochi airport in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched an inquiry.

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