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Mumbai airport comes to a halt due to Airbus tyre burst.

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Posted: May 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Mumbai airport`s main runway remained shut for nearly 21 hours after an aircraft suffered a tyre burst while landing. Flight operations had to be shifted to the shorter secondary runway which resulted in delays and diversions.

The aircraft, a Lufthansa Airbus A330, came to a halt at the rapid exit way as soon as it landed at main runway of the Mumbai airport on Friday evening.

A firefighting crew was dispatched by the Airport officials on detecting a fire in the landing gear, who quickly surrounded the plane & sprayed its belly and surroundings with firefighting foam. Four tyres of the aircraft landing gear were discovered to be damaged.

The passengers were not evacuated. The main runway had to be closed despite the aircraft not blocking it because the November 1 rapid exit way is the most used for arriving aircraft.

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