A major tragedy was averted after two tyres of an Air India chartered flight burst during landing at the Srinagar "International" Airport at 2 pm, causing disruption of air traffic, officials said on Thursday.
An official said tyres (7 and 8) of Air India flight No 3821—having 114 people on board—burst while landing at the Airport. The flight was ferrying Border Security Force personnel from Jammu to Srinagar, and was scheduled to go onward to Delhi, he said.
"The passengers and the crew had a close shave and escaped unhurt despite the rough landing. All 144 passengers and crew members in the flight are safe as timely rescue operation ensured their safe evacuation," said a senior executive of Air India.
He said the plane had come to halt at such an angle that led to halting of other flights landing at or taking off from the Srinagar airport.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Srinagar-based Director of the Airports Authority of India, Sharad Kumar said the incident occurred at around 2 pm and resulted in disruption of flights.
"Our team quickly rushed to the spot and cleared the runway," he said, adding: "Three flights which were on the tarmac were allowed to depart."
He however said the AI staff are accessing the situation and will ensure that the air traffic resumes soon.
Meanwhile, the bursting of tyres created panic at the airport while halting of flights led to chaos and caused inconvenience to the passengers.
A total of 14 flights have been cancelled, the sources said.
Five flights of GoAir, four of Indigo, two of SpiceJet and one each of Jet Airways, Vistara and Air India, were cancelled, they said. Few hours later, Air India in a tweet said the runway had been cleared.
cleared at #Srinagar #Airport all passengers were well taken care of," it said.