The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will be initiating a probe into the incident involving an Alliance Air aircraft, which ended up in the Runway Safety Area after overshooting the runway by 117 metres during landing at Shirdi airport on Monday.Forty-two passengers on board the flight from Mumbai to Shirdi were declared safe after the incident. Officials said a preliminary probe revealed that the aircraft, an ATR turbo-prop, had encountered strong tail winds during landing and had a long float before touching down. “After touchdown there was less runway available and the aircraft overshot before coming to a halt in the gravel,” an official said. Shirdi airport officials said that engineers of Air India arrived from Mumbai and retrieved the aircraft on Tuesday morning following which the airport was reopened to air traffic. The two pilots have been grounded pending investigation. An Alliance Air flight each from Mumbai and Hyderabad operated as usual on Tuesday. Built at an investment of around ₹350 crore, the airport at Shirdi has a 2,500-metre runway.
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