A nose-wheel of a Jet Airways aircraft was detached from the fuselage at the time of the touchdown in Bhopal on Wednesday morning.
The landing, however, was safe, albeit on one nose-wheel.
The flight was from Ahmedabad to Raipur, stopping at Indore, Bhopal and Hyderabad. But the journey could not proceed beyond Bhopal.
The broken nose-wheel was recovered at the runway. There were 36 passengers and four crew-members on board.
All transit passengers were accommodated at the airport lounge. They would be sent to their destinations via Delhi, airport sources said.
Sources said the pilot, Captain Violetta, a foreigner, had made a bumpy landing at Indore airport and that’s how the nose-wheel was damaged. But the aircraft managed to take off from Indore even with the damaged nose-wheel. The fault had not been detected then.
As soon as the pilot reported the snag to the air-traffic controller, the fire brigade, ambulance and the staff rendering other essential services were alerted.
The aircraft was shifted to the parking bay for inspection.
Though airport officials said that the glitch was in the nose-wheel, the flight operator did not specify the problem.
“The flight has been grounded following a technical snag,” the Jet Airways spokesperson told Hindustan Times.
“As we landed in Bhopal, the captain requested us to deplane because the aircraft had encountered a technical snag,” said Shrinivas Rao, who had boarded the flight from Ahmedabad for Raipur.
Indore businessman Rakesh Nair said passengers were made to wait at the airport for over an hour without apprising them of alternative arrangements.