A SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 jetliner – SG-960 – on a flight between Bengaluru and Guwahati damaged three runway threshold lights as it touched down approximately 1,000 feet short of the normal landing zone on the runway.
There were 155 on board, including two pilots and four cabin crew.
“The flight was uneventful till approach and [the] aircraft was cleared to land on runway 2. As per the pilot in command, due to low clouds on short finals, he lost perception of altitude causing [a] high descent rate which led to touchdown on threshold, causing a hard landing,” said a source in the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The aircraft was being flown by the co-pilot at the time of the incident. Both pilots have been de-rostered pending an investigation by the DGCA.
Cut marks have been observed on one of the tyres in the main landing gear after the aircraft was safely moved to a parking bay and inspected.