Kanpur: An Air India plane, carrying 54
passengers, Wednesday skidded off the runway after a tyre burst
but no one was injured in the incident, airline sources said.
A tyre of the Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700, operating
with the call sign AI-9801, burst as soon as it touched down
the IAF-controlled Chakeri airport here and skidded off the
runway with the front wheels screeching to a stop in the muddy
areas, the sources said here.
"Landed in Kanpur on AI. Emergency landing as plane
skidded off runway into wet mud. Lucky save. Evacuations on
now. Thank u god", noted author Chetan Bhagat, who was
travelling on the flight, tweeted immediately after the rough
Some time later, Bhagat tweeted again: "The plane
wheels are barely visible, dug deep into mud. Everyone`s out
now. Rattled but safe. Thanks all for ur concern."
The airline sources said no one was injured in the
incident and added that the runway, operated by the air force,
had a low width.
The aircraft was soon pulled back to the terminal
building. While 52 of the 54 passengers were travelling to
Kanpur, the rest of them were sent to Lucknow for their onward
journey, the sources said.
The flight, launched about a month ago, operates from
Delhi to Kolkata via Kanpur.