SpiceJet Flight Tyres Burst At Chennai Airport, Main Runway Closed

The main runway of the Chennai airport was closed after a SpiceJet flight made an emergency landing due to a tyre-burst.

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The wheels of the SpiceJet aircraft burst during take-off.

Chennai:  A SpiceJet aircraft with over 200 people on board made an emergency landing at the Chennai airport this afternoon after one of its tyres burst during take-off.

All 199 passengers on the flight to Delhi were safe, airport officials said. The primary runway of the Chennai International Airport was closed till 6:45 pm.

A flight due for take-off right after the SpiceJet one spotted debris on the runway, alerting air traffic control. At the same time, the pilot on board the SpiceJet flight also diagnosed problems with the landing gear and requested an emergency landing around 2:25 pm, airport officials said.

"The crew decided to turn back and landed safely at the Chennai airport. Passengers were deplaned safely in a normal manner and taken to terminal building," the airline said.
 
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A second runway continued operations after the incident at the Chennai airport.

The flight landed safely but a second tyre on the aircraft burst while landing. The main runway was closed down as the aircraft got stuck in the taxiing area.

An Ethiopian cargo plane also had to make an emergency landing after reporting low fuel due to the hold-up.

Chennai's international airport has two runways. Flight operations were directed to the secondary runway, causing cascading delays.

"Due to damage to main runway and aircraft stuck in taxiway near the runway, the same will not be available for operations for at least three hours... Secondary runway is in use currently. Inconvenience caused to passengers is regretted", Chennai Airport said on Twitter.Another tweet said at least 21 flights were delayed and six were diverted to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Tuticorin.(With inputs from PTI)

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