AI flight suffers tyre burst at Jammu, passengers safe

Scare for 134 passengers as AI flight's tyre bursts during landing at Jammu

Passengers of an Air India flight had a providential escape on Friday when the tyres of the aircraft burst on landing at the Jammu airport here, police sources said. All those on board were declared safe and evacuated immediately. "The plane was scheduled to travel to Srinagar after picking/dropping passengers from Jammu", an official said.

"Air India flight AI821 Delhi-Jammu which took off from Delhi today at 11.00 hrs experienced tyre burst while landing at Jammu airport at 12.15 hrs", an Air India official said in New Delhi. "The preliminary information is that pilots applied emergency braking too but the plane did not stop on the runway and overshot it. As soon as the landing started, two of its tyres burst spreading panic among the passengers". Apart from crew members, 134 passengers were on board.

All incoming and outgoing flights at Jammu airport were suspended till further orders as a precautionary measure to check the damage caused to the runway in the incident. Aircraft operations in Jammu take place only till sunset and unless the old Airbus is removed quickly, flight resumption may take a long time.

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