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Kingfisher Airlines Flight 4124

A Kingfisher Airlines ATR-72, similar to the aircraft involved
Runway overrun summary
Date 10 November 2009
Type Runway Overrun
Passengers 42
Crew 4
Injuries 7 (minor)
Fatalities 0
Survivors 46 (all)
Aircraft type ATR-72-212A
Operator Kingfisher Airlines
Tail number VT-KAC
Flight origin Bhavnagar Airport
Destination Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

Kingfisher Airlines Flight 4124 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight in India which overran the end of the runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai on 10 November 2009. The aircraft suffered substantial damage. As a result of the accident, the pilots involved had their licences withdrawn by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

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Aircraft

The aircraft involved was ATR-72-212A VT-KAC, msc 729. The aircraft made its first flight on 18 May 2006,[1] under French test registration F-WWEJ before entering service with Kingfisher Airlines as VT-KAC.[2]

Accident

Prior to the accident, an Air India flight from Goa is reported to have bounced on landing, breaking two runway lights.[3] The accident occurred at 11:10 UTC (16:40 local time) when Flight 4124 overran the end of Runway 27A. Runway 27 had been reduced in length to 1,703 metres (5,590 ft) owing to scheduled maintenance work. This was to take place every Tuesday from 07:30 to 11:30 UTC. The shortened in-use runway was designated 27A.[1] The normal length of Runway 27 was 3,445 metres (11,300 ft).[4] The METAR in force at the time of the accident was VABB 101110Z 07007KT 2300 -RA FEW012 SCT015 FEW030CB OVC090 24/22 Q1003 NOSIG=. This translates to METAR for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, issued on the 10th of the month at 11:00 Zulu time, wind from 070° at 7 knots (3.6 m/s). Visibility 2,300 feet (700 m), rain, a few clouds at 1,200 feet (370 m), scattered clouds at 1,500 feet (460 m), few clouds with cumulonimbus at 3,000 feet (910 m), overcast at 9,000 feet (2,700 m). Temperature 24 °C (75 °F), QNH 1003mb, no significant change expected.[1] No operation on runway 27A was permitted when the runway was wet. It was reported that a crew member and six passengers sustained minor injuries in the accident.[3] It is reported that the aircraft will be written off as a result of the accident.[2]

Investigation

The DGCA opened an investigation into the accident. As a direct result of the accident, the DGCA suspended the licences of six pilots, giving the reason for this that they had not followed strict guidelines covering landing on Runway 27A in poor weather conditions. The airlines involved were Go Air, Kingfisher Airlines and National Aviation Company of India Limited. An Air Traffic Controller was also suspended by the DGCA for failure to notify the pilot of Flight 4124 of the runway conditions.[3]

In response, Kingfisher Airlines denied allegations that the crew had acted improperly after the accident. They also claimed that the flight crew were not given information on the state of the runway before they landed.[3]

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