Aizawl: A three member team of experts sent
by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday
inspected the Cessna aircraft which crash landed at Lengui
airport here yesterday in which nine persons were injured.
A three-member team led by Sanit Kumar, Regional
Controller of Air Safety, Kolkata inspected the aircraft
belonging to North East Shuttle and would submit the report to
the DGCA after recording the statement of the pilots,
passengers and other eyewitnesses, Assistant Director of state
Civil Aviation wing Saidenga said.
Meanwhile, officials of the state Civil Aviation wing
said that the cause of the crash was apparently due to rain,
strong wind and the most dangerous cloud for aviation called
`Cumulus Nimbus Cloud`.
"Visibility was as low as two kilometres at the time of
landing, but the pilot received the permission to land as it
is a very small plane," one official said.
He said that the wind that blew during the landing was as
strong as about 12 to 14 nautical miles per hour which brought
the Cumulus Nimbus cloud throwing the aircraft outside the
runway as it already overshot the runway and fell into a brook
nearby after damaging the Instrumental Landing System (ILS).
Earlier, an Air India Airbus 320, carrying 140 security
personnel, had overshot the Lengpui airport runway on March
seven last resulting in the bursting of three tyres.
No one was injured in the mishap.
The DGCA had declared the Lengpui Airport, which has
8,200 feet table-top runway as one of the 11 critical airports
in the country and said that the technical facilities
available here were inadequate.
Saidenga, however, said that the runway of Lengpui
airport is the second longest runway in the north east, next
only to the Guwahati Airport.