Air India Express Boeing 737-800 suffers landing gear damage
An Air India Express Boeing 737-800, registration VT-AXI was diverted to Kochi due to reported issues with the landing gear.
Air India Express flight IX-1322 was a scheduled flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kozhikode, India with 160 people on board.
The 737 departed Riyadh's runway 15R and was on route cruising at FL350 about 50nm west of Kozhikode and about 100nm northwest of Kochi when the crew decided to not land at Kozhikode's runway and instead divert to Kochi.
This was for a safety precaution due to reported tire damage on departure. The 737 landed safely on Chochin International Airport runway 27 at 03:10 AM.
The damaged tire burst during landing after the passengers had disembarked. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Kochi about 23 hours after landing.