Thursday, February 08, 2018

SpiceJet Chennai-Delhi flight suffers tyre burst on take off, passengers safe

New Delhi: A Chennai-Delhi flight of SpiceJet suffered a tyre burst on Thursday during take off and the Boeing 737 had to return to Chennai minutes later.
The plane landed safely but is now stuck near the runway due to which Chennai airport's main runway is closed and flight operations are affected. Only the secondary runway is available there.
The incident happened when the B-737 took off for Delhi with over 100 passengers on board.
Sources say after the plane took off, alert air traffic control personnel saw tyre pieces and hydraulic fluid on the runway. Realising that the departing aircraft had suffered a tyre burst, the ATC informed the SpiceJet pilots.
"SpiceJet Chennai-Delhi flight suffered a suspected tyre burst at the time of take off. The crew decided to turn back and landed safely at Chennai. Passengers were deplaned safely in a normal manner and taken to terminal building," a SpiceJet spokesman said.
The aircraft is stuck near the main runway due to which this airstrip cannot be used. A notice to airmen (NOTAM) has been issued for this runway's closure which is expected to remain in place till 6 pm. While the secondary runway is available, flight operations have been affected. Apart from delayed arrivals and departures, at least two Chennai-bound flights are learnt to have been diverted to nearby airports like Bengaluru.
08/02/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India