On September 4, 2017, Air India Express flight IX 452A, which took off from Abu Dhabi to Kochi with 102 passengers on board, ended up in an open drain following a landing in heavy rain. The reason is quite shocking. At that time, the climate was blamed for the incident.
But the recent investigation tells that one of the main reasons was a senior male pilot who was 30 years older to his female co-pilot refused to take her suggestions or warnings. A total of three passengers were left with injuries, along with damage to the aircraft on the front landing gear.
The precaution that Air India Express has now taken is to avoid pilots not paired in a way that they have a wide age gap. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation official stated that there is no single reason behind the incident. Heavy rain and reduced visibility were contributory factors, he said. It is reported that the co-pilot told her senior that she could not see runway markings and asked him to go extremely slow. Moments later, she insisted that a "follow-me" vehicle, used to guide aircraft in cases of low visibility be summoned.
The aircraft took a 90m early turn before the taxiway and entered into open rainwater drain. PIC applied throttle three times for aircraft to come out of the drain, but aircraft stuck in the drain. The DGCA also emphasized that apart from an age gap of 30 years, there was also a difference of 13,000 hours in the flight experience between the two pilots.