The flight was carrying 180 passengers, including Goa’s Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral and a team of officers, when the pilot noticed a technical snag in the aircraft’s left engine. The DGCA has initiated a probe into the incident.
The primary runway 27 will remain closed for operations between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm for six days a week, officials said. It will remain open for the entire day only on Sunday and on festivals and holidays, including Christmas and New Year’s Day, during the five-month period.
“I grew up on stories of the good old days in India and how my grandfather was stationed here during World War II, and he visited the Jewish community in Cochin where he met my grandmother,” he says. His grandfather Rosenberg and Hannah Cohen fell in love and got married in 1944.
"The pilots had the presence of mind to immediately turn off the engines of the aircraft (A Boeing 737-800) to prevent the man from being sucked in as he came right next to the aircraft," an official said.