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Close shave for 65 at Chandigarh airport
Anil Jerath/TNS

Chandigarh, December 14
Sixty-five persons, including five crew members, on board a Jet Airways plane had a close shave when the left tyre of the aircraft started deflating soon after it landed at the Chandigarh airport today.

According to HS Toor, Director, Chandigarh airport, the tyre of the aircraft started deflating after the aircraft had landed at the airport. Seeking to allay fears, he said this was not “uncommon as sometimes temperature in the engine of the plane is so high that tyre’s safety valve automatically starts leaking after overheating”.

“Jet Airways’ Delhi-Chandigarh flight (9W 2649) with 60 passengers and five crew members landed at here around 10.40 am. It was immediately stopped and all passengers disembarked safely. There was no breach of safety, Toor clarified.

The pilot, he said, did not experience any jerk and he took the airplane to the parking bay safely where the tyre got fully deflated. He said the technical staff was at job and the tyre of the plane was being replaced.

Tyre deflation has, of late, become a little too frequent at Indian airports, although aviation experts say the incidence is still rare. The Chandigarh airport, they pointed out, handled around 11 landings and take-offs every day and by that token, incidence of tyre deflation was not very high, they said. However, one of the passengers, who reached here by bus from Ludhiana to board the plane’s return flight to Delhi, lamented that he would miss his international flight from Delhi. “I came here in the morning by bus from Ludhiana to board the Jet Airways’ Delhi-bound flight, but now I will miss my international flight from Delhi,” he said.





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