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Flight Tracker Site Indicates Plane Tried To Land Twice At Kerala Airport

Flight Tracker Site Indicates Plane Tried To Land Twice At Kerala Airport

Kozhikode airport is a "tabletop" airport, junior External Affairs Minister V Muraleedharan tweeted

New Delhi:

A popular global flight tracker website indicates that the Air India Express plane that skidded on the runway at Kerala's Kozhikode tried to land at least twice at the tabletop airport.

Flightradar24, a Swedish firm that shows real-time commercial flight tracking information on a map, indicated that the Boeing 737 NG that came from Dubai with 191 people on board tried to land twice.

Calicut airport is a "tabletop" airport, junior External Affairs Minister V Muraleedharan tweeted. A tabletop runway is a runway on the top of a plateau or hill with one or both ends adjacent to a steep elevation, which drops into a gorge. Such an airport presents a challenging condition for landing.

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