More than 160 passengers on board an Air India flight from Nagpur had a narrow escape on Tuesday night after a tyre burst while taxiing after the aircraft landed at Mumbai airport.
Since the landing gear had been damaged, the aircraft got stuck on the main runway forcing its closure. The airline crew deployed emergency chutes to evacuate passengers from the left door of the aircraft. Airport sources that some fliers were bruised while sliding off the chutes. But there was no official account of the injuries till the time of going to press.
“AI630 arrived from Nagpur when one of the tyres of Airbus-A320 burst during taxiing. The aircraft was taken to a taxiway where passengers were evacuated with the help of emergency chutes, an AI spokesperson said.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) too confirmed the incident.
“M/s AI aircraft operating AI 630 involved in incident after landing at runway 27 at Mumbai. Tyre brust after landing. Emergency evacuation carried out,” said M Sathiyavathy, who heads the DGCA.
The incident took place at around 10 PM on Tuesday.
The aircraft was taken to a taxiway after the tyre burst where passengers were evacuated.
Several international flights are likely to get delayed and load passenger baggage to adjust its payload as per the airport’s smaller runway.
On March 3 night, a Jet Airways flight had encountered a similar landing problem which led to main runway closure for 12 hours.
The disruption led to six diversions, three last minute aborted landings and chronic delays on the subsequent day.