According to the preliminary assumption on the cause of Karipur airport in Kerala, experts point out to the possibility of a phenomenon called the ‘black hole illusion effect’ led to the accident, says Kerala media.
As per this, a visual illusion makes the pilot think that the aircraft is at a higher altitude than they actually are, causing them to fly dangerously low approaches. During such situations, the pilot’s decision often results in a dangerous landing, reports point out.
Another possibility that experts point out is the Aquaplaning Effect on the runway which is another condition where the aircraft move on top of a thin layer of water without contact on the runway, usually due to heavy rain. In such cases, the pilot will not be able to use the flight’s tyre brakes and the plane will skid off the runway when the pilot applies the brake while landing.
Both black hole effect and aquaplaning effect are said to have caused the Karipur flight crash. The black box of the flight should be examined to confirm the actual cause of the accident. Meanwhile, DGCA is investigating the mishap which left 18 people dead and many injured. DGCA team arrived in Karipur along with Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan.
Kerala witnessed one of the worst air disasters in Karipur International Airport on Friday. According to primary assumptions, the pilot tried to land the flight twice and the mishap took place in the second attempt. It is also indicated that there was no proper lighting on the runway.
Courtesy: Mathrubhumi News