Kochi Airport Runway Temporarily Closed After Coast Guard Helicopter Accident

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Kochi, 26th March 2023: The Kochi airport runway was closed for approximately two hours after a Coast Guard ALH helicopter had an accident during takeoff at 12:25 pm. In response, airport operations were temporarily suspended. The helicopter was subsequently removed from the operational area by around 2 pm, and a safety inspection was conducted to clear the runway. Flight operations were expected to resume within 10 minutes.

As a result of the incident, two flights were diverted. Further details about the nature of the accident and the condition of the helicopter crew are currently unknown.

The incident caused inconvenience to passengers and airlines alike, leading to delays and disruptions to travel schedules. The airport authorities and rescue teams acted swiftly to remove the helicopter and assess the situation, leading to the resumption of normal flight operations in a timely manner.