Chartered plane makes belly-landing at Mumbai Airport, all passengers safe
A chartered plane carrying five people, including a patient and a doctor, landed on its belly at Mumbai Airport late Thursday evening after declaring a full emergency, with the airport authorities foaming the runway to avoid the plane catching fire. All passengers were evacuated safely after the belly-landing of the plane, which was flying from Nagpur to Mumbai, according to the airport.
Wheel of aircraft came off after taking off from Nagpur
A full emergency was declared for the non-scheduled Beechcraft flight. While it could not be independently confirmed, reports said that a wheel of the aircraft came off soon after taking off from Nagpur. Pictures of the plane landing on the foamed runway were also doing the rounds on social media. The plane did a belly-landing at the airport at 9:09 pm on Thursday.
Full emergency is declared when aircraft dangerously approaches an aerodrome
A full emergency is declared when an aircraft approaches an aerodrome in a manner that there is a danger of an accident occurring. The Mumbai Airport is known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) and is the country's second-busiest aerodrome.
Flights operating in and out of CSMIA remained on schedule
In a detailed statement, the Mumbai Airport said the plane carried two crew members, one patient, one relative, and a doctor. "As a precautionary method, CSMIA also formed RWY 27 in order to avoid the aircraft catching fire. All passengers were evacuated safely and flights operating in and out of CSMIA remain on schedule," the airport officials said in a statement.
Emergency response team was on standby to provide immediate assistance
According to an official, the aircraft belonged to Gurugram-based Jet Serve Aviation Pvt Ltd. "The airport's emergency response team, including the fire and rescue responders, follow-me vehicles, CISF, medical team amongst many others, was activated instantly and on standby to provide immediate assistance to ensure the safe evacuation of the passengers," the statement said.