Passengers travelling in an Alliance Air flight from Mumbai to Shirdi had some anxious moments on Monday afternoon as the aircraft they were travelling in overshot the runway while landing at Shirdi airport. There were 70 passengers in the plane and all of them were safe, reports said.
The ATR aircraft overshot the runway by 50 meter during landing, news agency ANI said. Emergency services were pressed into service immediately after the incident and all passengers were evacuated from the aircraft safely. Alliance Air is the regional arm of the national carrier Air India.
"At round 5.29pm, the Alliance Air flight arriving from Mumbai overshot the runway by 50 meters during landing at the Shirdi airport," the official said. There were 70 passengers on board the ATR aircraft,"he said adding, "airline will probe the causes of the incident."
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will also investigate the incident of the aircraft overshooting the runway separately, he added.
In May 2010, 152 people were killed when the pilot of the Air India Express flight from Dubai overshot the runway during landing at Mangaluru.
Constructed at an investment of around Rs 350 crore, Shirdi airport was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 1 last year.
With a 2,500 meter-long runway, the temple-town airport is capable of handling single narrow-body aircraft, such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737s.
(With inputs from agencies)