An Air India flight was on Friday stuck at the Maldives airport after it mistakenly landed on a new yet non-operational runway. As per local media reports, flight AI263 was stranded at Male Velana International Airport in the Maldives.
— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2018
ANI later reported that Air India 320-NEO aircraft VT EXL has landed on the wrong runway, which was under construction at Male, Maldives.
All 136 passengers plus crew on board are safe. Two main wh2eel of the aircraft were deflated while landing and it has now been towed to the parking bay.
A video footage of the incident also shows that the cover on the runway got dangled in the wheels of the plane when it landed.
As per a recent report, the work on the new runway was completed recently. The runway signs and lightning have also been attached. It is likely to open for operation this month.
— Ali Shinan (@AliShinaan) September 7, 2018
Reports said that the new runway is 3,400ft long and 60 meters wide. The ‘Code F’ standard runway will have the capacity to manage the largest airlines from across the world. More than 60 hectares of land was reclaimed for to build the runway when the project to construct it began in 2015.