A major tragedy was averted at Srinagar Airport on Monday when tyres of an Air India Airbus 300, with no passenger on board, caught fire while landing.
Officials in Srinagar said the fire was caused due to landing friction.
"The Airbus 300 did not carry any passenger; only the crew members were on board when the tyres of the aircraft caught fire while landing at the airport," an airline official told IANS.
"It was the presence of mind of captain P Sharan, the pilot, that ensured the aircraft remained on course and did not skid sideways."
Fire tenders were immediately pressed into service to extinguish the blaze.
The flight had landed in Srinagar with only its crewmembers to carry Haj pilgrims from Kashmir to Jeddah.
A thorough inspection of the aircraft was being carried out for it to be certified air worthy for its Jeddah flight.