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Gulf Air plane skids off runway in landing drama

Flight GF270 overshot the runway at Kochi airport while landing in heavy rain

Gulf Air plane skids off runway in landing drama
A male Indian passenger was injured in the landing incident, Gulf Air said

A Gulf Air aircraft with more than 130 passengers on board skidded off the runway at Kochi International Airport early Monday morning, while trying to land during heavy rain .

Flight GF270, an Airbus SAS A320 flying from Bahrain to Kochi, was carrying 137 passengers and six crew when it came off the runway at 1.45am, Gulf Air said in an emailed statement.

A male Indian passenger was injured in the incident, the airline said, but added his condition was not critical.

“He was given immediate medical aid and was taken to the hospital,” the statement said.

A spokesperson for the airport, however, told Bloomberg News two passengers had been injured when they jumped from the flight before chutes could be deployed.

Bahrain-based Gulf Air said all other passengers and crew on board were evacuated safely and transferred to the terminal building. The airline didn’t specify the damage to the plane.

“Further investigations are ongoing,” Gulf Air said.

The flag carrier in July was caught in a security scare after a British passenger passing through Bahrain on a Gulf Air flight was arrested on suspicion of carrying explosives.

The man, who had begun his trip in Yemen, was held based on information he was involved in “terrorist crimes”, the Gulf state’s Interior Ministry said.

The state-owned airline last week announced a trio of new routes to Rome, Entebbe and South Sudan and said it would increase its flights to the UAE in a bid to grow its local business.

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