Plane crash at Kozhikode puts spotlight on tabletop airports
An Air India Express flight crashed after overshooting the runway at Kozhikode airport in Kerala on Friday night
Landing aircraft on tabletop runways, which are located on top of a hill or a plateau with deep gorges running down their sides, is a stiff ask in poor weather conditions
Most civilian plane crashes are followed by speculation over whether they were caused by human error or a technical defect. With Friday’s crash at Kozhikode airport, there’s an added complication: tabletop runways.