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Accident description
Last updated: 18 November 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 5 September 2017
Time:ca 02:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8HG (WL)
Operator:Air India Express
Registration: VT-AYB
C/n / msn: 36338/2962
First flight: 2009-06-28 (8 years 2 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 102
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 108
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Cochin International Airport (COK) (   India)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA), United Arab Emirates
Destination airport:Cochin International Airport (COK/VOCI), India
Flightnumber:IX452
Narrative:
Air India Express flight IX452 was damaged in a taxiing accident at Cochin International Airport, India.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-8HG (WL), landed on runway 27 at 02:37 hours local time following a flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
As it was taxiing to the ramp, the airplane suffered a taxiway excursion. It crossed a concrete storm water drain, causing the nose landing gear to collapse. The aircraft came to rest with the main landing gear in the drain.
According to the airport authority, the aircraft turned 90 m before the taxiway leading to the apron. The captain of the flight reported that the taxiway edge lights were inoperative as well as the taxiway F centreline lights.

Classification:

METAR Weather report:
20:30 UTC / 02:00 local time:
VOCI 042030Z 00000KT 4000 -RA FEW010 SCT012 OVC080 27/25 Q1009 NOSIG

21:00 UTC / 02:30 local time:
VOCI 042100Z 00000KT 4000 RA SCT008 SCT012 FEW025CB OVC080 27/25 Q1009 BECMG 3000 RA

21:30 UTC / 03:00 local time:
VOCI 042130Z 05006KT 3000 -RA SCT008 SCT012 FEW025CB OVC080 26/25 Q1009 NOSIG


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Distance from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Cochin International Airport as the crow flies is 2777 km (1736 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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