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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Monday 29 August 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-214
Operator:Gulf Air
Registration: A9C-AG
MSN: 4188
First flight: 2010-01-19 (1 year 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:4758
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B4/3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 137
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 143
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Cochin International Airport (COK) (   India)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bahrain International Airport (BAH/OBBI), Bahrain
Destination airport:Cochin International Airport (COK/VOCI), India
An Airbus A320 was damaged in a runway excursion accident at Cochin International Airport (COK), India. Seven passengers were injured.
Gulf Air Flight GF270 operated on flight from Bahrain International Airport (BAH) to Cochin. Visibility at Cochin was limited to about 2000 m in rain. There were scattered clouds at 800 feet and 1500 feet. An ILS approach to runway 09 was flown by the captain. He disengaged the autopilot at 670 feet.
Passing 200 feet the aircraft was banking to the right and the drift angle of 4° left progressively started reducing. A side slip condition to the right was initiated which led to a deviation from the runway axis. The right wheel touched down 25 m from the runway centre line on the hard shoulder. The A320 went off the runway pavement onto the soft shoulders and came to a halt at 1235 m from the threshold. The nose gear collapsed as the airplane came to rest in the grass.

Probable Cause:

Cause: "The Runway Excursion was caused due to an error of judgment of the PIC during which was due to loss of situational awareness during reduced visibility conditions."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Commission of Inquiry
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 296 days (10 months)
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion

» NDTV, 29-8-2011
» SKYbrary 

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CoI India issued 6 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Bahrain International Airport to Cochin International Airport as the crow flies is 3226 km (2016 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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