Air Safety

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Communication Breakdown Ditches 737

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 became stuck in a drainage ditch after the captain failed to heed his first officer’s requests for a ‘follow me’ vehicle as they taxied in low visibility, a report by India’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has found. Due to a late touchdown on September 5, 2017 the 737, VT-AYB (c/n 36338) vacated Runway 27 via taxiway C2 instead of the intended C3 on arrival at Cochin from Abu Dhabi. Air Traffic Control directed the airliner to Stand 23L via taxiways C, F and L.

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