Monday, 28 May 2018
KAZAKHSTAN: Air Astana Slips Off Runway At Astana International Airport
The incident was captured by a passenger who was filming the heavy crosswind approach, as well as by an observer who was standing in front of the runway.
Air Astana’s flight KC352 departed Shymkent with 97 passengers and nine crew members.
As seen by the observer’s video, the plane approached Runway 22 with a dramatic crosswind angle.
Upon touching down, the aircraft abandoned the runway, crossing taxiways B and C, before returning to the runway’s centerline.
As seen in the video, the experience included heavy vibrations and terrified passengers.
Eyewitnesses say there were no injuries reported.
The plane suffered damage to the number-one (left) engine inlet.
The Airbus A320-200 was delivered to the airline in 2013 and is part of a fleet of other eight A320ceos and one A320neo.
Air Astana boasts a fleet of 31 planes, including Airbus A321, Boeing 757, 767, and Embraer E190.
The overall age of the airline’s fleet is averaging at 8.6 years.
Local reports confirm that thunderstorms with associated winds reached 49 knots of gusts.
In the city, a building crane collapsed.
Following the incident, the plane was towed to the apron and all passengers disembarked.
Astana Airport was closed for 40 minutes following the incident.