August 30th, 2011
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Nedumbaseeri airport resumes services

nedumbasseri interantional airportKochi: The  Kochi International Airport has resumed normal services and the runway has been cleared. The runway had initially been closed for 10 hours after Gulf Air plane from Bahrain skidded off the runway  and landed in a muddy area.

After a night-long operation, the aircraft Gulf Air flight GF 270 was was towed back to the taxi-bay at 6 a.m on Tuesday, with the help of huge cranes. A 100-member expert team from Mumbai was at the spot to assist the operation.The runway had initially been closed for 10 hours in the aftermath of the mishap and was later partially opened for smaller aircraft.

The plane, with 137 passengers and six crew members, veered off the runway at 3.55 a.m. on Monday, breaking its nose-wheel. One person was hospitalised with fractures and six with minor injuries discharged after first aid. Before total clearance of the 3,400m runway, two flights of Gulf Air and Etihad were diverted to Chennai and an Air Arabia flight to Coimbatore, the sources said.

Cochin International Airport Limited Managing Director V J Kurien had said that strong winds and heavy rains which lashed Kochi on Monday have been the cause of the mishap.



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