All passengers of a Jet Airways flight escaped unhurt, after the rear tyre of the aircraft burst soon after landing at the domestic airport yesterday morning.
The incident took place when flight 9W 412 (Bangalore to Jodhpur via Mumbai), was landing at the city airport. Pic for representation/Thinkstock
The aircraft managed to hold its path, but the runway was shut for operations for over 10 minutes to check if any remnants of the tyre had fallen on the runway.
The incident took place at 10.26 am yesterday, when 9W 412 (Bangalore to Jodhpur via Mumbai), was landing at the city airport.
The Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) for this flight was 10.35 am. During the touch down, the Boeing 737-800 twinjet’s rear tyre burst.
Airline and Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials were immediately alerted about the incident. The aircraft was carrying a total of 121 passengers.
“We could make out that something was wrong, since we felt some jerks during the hard landing. However, we were immediately deplaned and taken away from the aircraft, after which, the airline’s technical team got in to action,” said one of the passengers who did not wish to be named.
The aircraft was later parked at bay A3. Repercussions of the incident were seen on what was a busy Sunday, after the runway was shut for over 10 minutes for preliminary inspection.
Sources said they had to check whether any fragments of the tyre were strewn on the tarmac. The pieces could have proven fatal to any other aircraft landing or taking off from the runway. However in this case, the delays were adjusted later in the day.
Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement, “Jet Airways flight 9W 412 from Bengaluru to Mumbai had a normal landing in Mumbai. After parking, routine inspection revealed some tyre fragmentation. All 121 guests were deplaned normally.”
In a similar incident on October 21, the Mumbai runway was shut for an hour. This happened after an Air Mauritius flight, MK-748 arriving from Mauritius, with 121 passengers and 12 crewmembers had a tyre burst.
The flight’s ETA was 5 am. The incident occurred after the aircraft touched down. One of its rear tyres burst while leaving the runway near a bay. The aircraft immediately stopped, and all passengers were disembarked and taken to Terminal 2 by bus.
The runway inspection team found no remnants and began flight operations after ten minutes. However, towing the aircraft consumed some time. According to ATC officials, since the incident took place during the early morning hours no major backlog was observed.
The number of aircrafts that operate every 75 seconds at the city airport, where two flights land and one takes off, according to the statistics provided by the Air Traffic Control