Kochi, July 13 (IANS) A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Kochi skidded off the runway while landing at the Cochin International Airport early on Friday due to heavy rains, an airport official and the airline said.
Airport Director A.C.K. Nair told IANS that all the passengers were safe.
The airline said: “Qatar Airways flight QR516 from DOH to COK skidded during landing roll due to heavy rain and water on the runway, damaging a few runway lights. The aircraft taxied normally to the stand. Due to this incident the return flight … was cancelled.
“All passengers were accommodated on later flights,” an airline statement said. “Qatar Airways is fully cooperating with local authorities. The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority.”
The Airbus 330 missed the alignment while landing as some lights on the runway were broken due to cross wind conditions, Nair said earlier.
“The aircraft was well on the runway but missed the alignment… All the passengers are safe,” he said.