Narrow escape for 77 flyers after IndiGo tyre bursts upon landing
Flyers on board an IndiGoBSE flight had a close shave after a flight from Tirupati suffered a tyre burst on landing in Hyderabad.
According to report, there were as many as 77 people on board flight 6E 7117 when the incident occurred. All passengers were safe, IndiGo said. After the tyre burst, the plane got stuck on the runway following which two planes had to be diverted to Bengaluru airport. Operations had to be suspended for some time.
The incident occurred late on Wednesday night when the aircraft was landing at the RGIA at around 10.25 pm. The flight took off from the temple town at 8.55 pm. YSR Congress MLA Roja was one one the passengers on the plane. The runway was shut for some time.
According to sources, around six flights were diverted to Bengaluru and Chennai because of the incident. They, however, added that details were still awaited.
In a late night statement Indigo said: “All passengers of flight 6E 7117 have disembarked and taken with luggage to the arrival hall. IndiGo staff is taking care of the them. ATR 72 is currently in a process to be removed to the parking bay.”
A fire-fighting team rushed to the aircraft as alert ground staff noticed sparks soon after touchdown. The pilot advised passengers to be calm and remain seated and assured them that there is nothing serious, said some of the passengers.
Sources at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport said a couple of flights were diverted to Bengaluru and Chennai, as the Indigo aircraft got stuck on the runway, which had to be shut down for a few hours.