Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tyre burst at Mumbai airport: Aircraft among oldest in Air India fleet

Mumbai: The Air India aircraft whose two tyres burst on landing at Mumbai airport on Tuesday night, is among the oldest in the airline's fleet, being over 20 years old.
The aircraft, Airbus A320-200 (registration VT-ESL), belongs to that era of A320 aircraft that have four wheels in each of the two main undercarriage assembly. The erstwhile Indian Airlines is perhaps the only airline in the world to operate A320s with double bogie wheels. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus had specially designed A320s with double bogie wheels to suit Indian Airlines' demand for aircraft that could operate on relatively poor runways and taxiways across the country.
On Tuesday, around 10pm, the aircraft with 161 passengers on board operating flight AI 630 flew in from Nagpur and landed on runway 27 only to have two of its aft tyres of the left main landing gear burst. "After the aircraft exited the main runway and it was on taxiway M5, airport staff reported smoke blowing from the undercarriage," said an airport source. The commander opted to evacuate the passengers using slides for safety reasons. A few passengers sustained minor injuries during the evacuation, said the source, adding that they were given first aid at the airport. AI did not comment on the incident.
17/03/16 Times of India
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