2017-09-05 Air India Express Boeing 737-800 taxied into trench at Cochin

2017-09-05 Air India Express Boeing 737-800 taxied into trench at Cochin

2017-09-05 Air India Express Boeing 737-800 taxied into trench at Cochin


During taxi the 737 rolled into a drainage canal resulting in heavy damage. All 108 on board remained unhurt.

Air India Express flight IX 452 from Abu Dhabi had landed normally on runway 27 at Cochin-International Airport, India and taxied to the main ramp via the taxiway „Charlie“ for its assigned parking position on the new developed apron 2. Darkness prevailed at the time.

Whilst turning towards the ramp the aircraft – for still unknown reasons – deviated from the taxi line and rolled over a concrete but unlit area between taxiway „Charlie“ and the next entry to the main apron.

Seconds later its nosegear dug into a drainage canal immediately followed by both maingear wheels and came to an abrupt halt. The 737 came to rest on its lower fuselage and engines resulting in substantial damage.

It is understood that no passengers or crewmembers were injured.

Due to intense precipitation, visibility at the airport was somewhat reduced.

Cochin Airport harbors a number of drainage canals measuring about 3 m wide and 2 meters deep to accomodate rainwater during monsoon rainfall seasons.

These canals ran close to taxiways but do not have any barrier protection nor do they are fitted with lights for keeping pilots from inadvertently falling into them.

METAR: Cochin Airport (VOCI):

05/09/2017 02:30->
METAR VOCI 042100Z 00000KT 4000 RA SCT008 SCT012 FEW025CB
           OVC080 27/25 Q1009 BECMG 3000 RA=
05/09/2017 03:00->
METAR VOCI 042100Z 00000KT 4000 RA SCT008 SCT012 FEW025CB
           OVC080 27/25 Q1009 BECMG 3000 RA=

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Boeing 737-800
Registration: VT-AYB
Age a/c: 8.2 years
Constr. No.: 36338

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  6  102 0 108
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0


Date: 2017-09-05 Time: 02:40
Location: VOCI COK Cochin
Country: India
Flight phase: TXI – Taxi, Power Back
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: IX 452
From: OMAA/AUH: Abu Dhabi To: VOCI/COK: Cochin
Type: Passenger
Operator: Air India Express

JACDEC 30-year Statistics :

  • 9th safety occurence for the operator
  • 507th safety occurence of type (B737-800)
  • 8th safety occurence at Cochin Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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