The tyre of an Air India plane, carrying over 150 passengers on board, burst while taxiing after it landed at the Mumbai airport late on Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred around 10 pm when the Flight AI630 was taxiing after arriving from Nagpur. The Airbus-A320 was taken to a taxiway where passengers were evacuated with the help of emergency chutes, an airline spokesperson said.
Some passengers reportedly suffered minor bruises while they were being evacuated through the emergency chute.
The incident took place at around 10 pm, the spokesperson said adding the aircraft was taken to a taxiway after the tyre burst where passengers were evacuated. The spokesperson, however, said that no injury to any passenger was reported.
“During landing, the plane’s tyre burst… Fire gradually came towards the window. There was a lot of panic… But everybody came out safe,” said a passenger.
Flight operations from the main runway at the airport, which were were briefly shut after the incident, have resumed.
Following the mishap on Tuesday night, which forced flight services to be diverted to second runway, Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said, “As an abundant precaution passengers were evacuated on the taxiway. The reasons for tyre burst are being looked at. Air India is giving highest priority to safety and therefore extra precautions are always taken.”
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