An Air Astana-operated Airbus A320 was involved in a runway excursion on 22 May at 13:22 local time at Astana Nazarbayev International airport.

In a statement provided to FlightGlobal, the airline disclosed that aircraft registered P4-KBB, was operating flight KC352 from Shymkent to Astana.

The aircraft was landing in "high and changeable winds", but completed a stable approach, the carrier says.

Eyewitness videos show that the aircraft veered to the right of the runway, and appears to have crossed several adjacent taxiways before returning to the runway centreline.

The airline adds that the aircraft then vacated the runway and the crew shut down the engines before it was towed to its gate. There were no reports of injuries among the 97 passengers and nine crew.

Air Astana says that its engineering department and Airbus inspectors have identified damage to the number one engine inlet and fan cowlings, fan blades and compressor. Following an engine change, it is expected to return to service on 28 May.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the 2013-vintage aircraft is owned by the carrier, and is powered by International Aero Engines V2527-A5 powerplants.

The incident is being investigated by the carrier, along with the Kazakh safety investigation agency.

The carrier operates a fleet of 30 aircraft, of which eight are A320s.

Source: Cirium Dashboard