Who really crashed flight AXB 1344?

The investigation report blames the two pilots of the Air India Express flight for the Kozhikode crash last year. Are they merely the fall guys for a system that refuses to be held accountable?

On 11 September, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Aviation submitted its much-delayed report on the crash of Air India Express flight AXB 1344 in Kozhikode last year. Twenty-one people, including the two pilots, lost their lives. There were 184 passengers and 6 crew on board. The report squarely put the blame on the pilots. It said:

“The probable cause of the accident was the non adherence to SOP by the PF [the captain], wherein, he continued an unstabilized approach and landed beyond the touchdown zone, half way down the runway, in spite of ‘Go Around’ …


Prince M. Thomas

Prince leads the newsroom at The Morning Context as managing editor. A fascination with the written word has taken Prince to some of the leading newsrooms across the country, including The Economic Times, Dow Jones Newswires, Forbes India and Moneycontrol. In a career spanning 20 years, Prince has led teams, managed pages, projects and special editions, and has authored The Consolidators, published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

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