199 SpiceJet passengers have narrow escape
Chennai, Feb 8 : The 199 passengers of a Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight had a narrow escape on Thursday as their plane suffered two tyre bursts -- one while taking off and then while making an emergency landing here, said a top airport official.
"While making the emergency landing, the flight suffered another tyre burst. As the aircraft moved on the metal portion after the tyre burst, a small portion of the runway got damaged," Chandramouli added.
The passengers disembarked, the plane was defuelled and after replacement of a part, the aircraft was moved to a safer place, he said.
According to Chandramouli, the damaged portion of the runway was repaired.
He clarified that the airport had not discontinued Tamil announcements about flight arrivals and departures.
"There was some technical glitch in the announcement system and hence the display boards showed arrivals and departures of flights in English.
"The glitch was sorted out and now the announcements are being made in English, Tamil and Hindi," Chandramouli added.