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Aug 29, 2011 at 11:46am IST

Gulf Air plane skids off runway at Kochi airport, 7 injured

Kochi: A Gulf Air flight from Bahrain overshot the runway at Kochi airport on Monday. 137 passengers were on board, seven have been injured and the others are safe.

Airbus 320 Gulf Air was coming from Bahrain to Kochi. It overshot the runway while it was landing at the airport around 3:55 am on Monday.

Airport operations were affected and the authorities said that operations have partially started after they were closed for some time.

Nine flights were also diverted from Kochi airport.

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) EK Bharat Bhushan has ordered an enquiry into the incident.

Flights to Kochi are being diverted to Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore airports, Nair said.

While an Etihad flight from Kuwait, two Jet airways flights from Sharjah and Muscat have been diverted to Thiruvananthapuram, an Oman-Kochi flight has been sent to Bangalore. Passengers are being brought by road to Kochi from Thiruvananthapuram.

The departure schedule of 3 flights - belonging to Emirates, Air Arabia and Qatar flights, which were at the airport at the time of mishap, has been affected.

Bhushan said the runway has been blocked till 3 PM.

A Disabled Aircraft Retrieval Kit is being sent from Mumbai, he said.

Bhushan said the reason behind the mishap was not yet known.

"There was visibility till 2,000 metres. Only after a preliminary enquiry, the cause of the mishap will be known," he said.

Heavy rains and strong winds have been lashing Kochi airport since Sunday night.

(With additional information from PTI)