Saudi Arabian flight suffers tyre-burst on landing at Mumbai airport
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Saudi Arabian Airline flight, SV 744 from Jeddah with 199 passengers on-board, suffered a tyre-burst at the Mumbai airport on Saturday evening.
Passengers on the flight were disembarked on taxiway N-8 as the aircraft could not be towed due to heavy load, a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson told PTI in Mumbai on Saturday.
The runway is, however, fully operational, he said.
The return flight to Jeddah had 211 passengers. However, the departure had been cancelled, he said.
It was also reported on the news channels that the Saudia flight, SV-744, was landing around 6.30 pm in poor visibility conditions - upto 500 m - at the main runway, when the tyres burst.
The runway was closed and several incoming flights, including a Cathay Pacific Hong Kong-Mumbai flight and a Kingfisher Thiruvananthapuram-Mumbai flight went around circling over the city till they got landing permission. The main runway was opened for normal operations after nearly 40 minutes of closure.
They made arrangements to tow away the aircraft but failed on account of the heavy load.
Even as the aircraft was stranded, the authorities ordered the 199 passengers to disembark from the plane on the taxiway No. 8 from where they were taken in buses to the arrival hall at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
Mumbai mishap jet returns
The Saudi Arabian Airlines plane that was stranded on an airport runway in Mumbai on Saturday following a twin-tire burst arrived back in Jeddah on Sunday.
Abdullah Alajhar, SV vice president for public relations, said a team of Saudia officials is in Mumbai to probe the incident. He added that the plane was repaired in Mumbai and was operational.
When asked about the possible cause of the tire bursts, Alajhar said the pilot felt that some debris must have hit the tires and caused the bursts.
Bad weather, ongoing renovations to the runway and incidental debris could also have contributed, he added.
The weather and the distance of the taxiway to the terminal delayed the deplaning of passengers and towing operations. However, once the load was lightened, the plane was pulled to the apron where repairs were carried out.
He said the plane left Jeddah on Saturday having undergone complete checks.
Once the investigating team finds out the reasons, we will forward the findings to the aviation authorities and the aircraft manufacturer, adding that Saudia gives top priority to passenger safety. The Flight SV744 originated from Jeddah en route to Mumbai via Riyadh.
The No. 3 and No. 4 tires of the left-side main gear of the Boeing 747-300 burst while touching down on Mumbai's runway in heavy monsoon rains.
The pilot slowed the plane down safely and exited the runway, stopping on the adjacent taxiway. The runway was closed for nearly an hour as the place was inspected and tire debris collected.
Passengers disembarked after a three-hour wait in the plane and were bused to the terminal before the airplane was towed to an apron. Passengers were told to collect their luggage on Sunday morning. They were allowed out of the airport after signing a form for their luggage on Saturday night.
We got our luggage, but some of our bags were smashed and the wheelbases were broken said one passenger. Others had similar complaints.
[Edited 2009-07-06 06:40:45]