Monday, November 07, 2016

Delhi-bound Air India flight bursts tyre in Renigunta airport, no casualties reported

Tirupati: As many as 160 passengers on board an Air India flight (Airbus-320) from Tirupati to New Delhi via Hyderabad had a miraculous escape after one of its tyres burst at the Renigunta airport here Monday afternoon.

According to official sources, the authorities noticed the deflated tyre when the flight was about to take off around 1.45 p.m. The passengers were asked to disembark and wait till alternative arrangements were made. Among the passengers was Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams chief priest A V Ramana Dikshithulu.

The authorities immediately informed higher-ups in New Delhi who took up the issue with officials in Hyderabad. At about 5.30 p.m., another Air India flight brought spare tyres and engineers from Hyderabad via Chennai.

The defective tyre was replaced and the Airbus was tested.

The stranded passengers heaved a sigh of relief as the flight finally took off around 7 p.m.
08/11/16 New Indian Express