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Bengaluru: 2 hurt in Kingfisher plane mishap
March 27, 2008 22:49 IST
Last Updated: March 27, 2008 23:38 IST
A small aircraft of Kingfisher Airlines with 29 people on board a flight to Hyderabad was involved in an accident on the runway at the airport in Bengaluru on Thursday night shortly before take-off, leaving two passengers injured.
All passengers of the IT 2427 flight were evacuated from the turbo-prop ATR plane, used for short-haul journey, whose nosewheel was damaged after it hit a dog that strayed into the area and the aircraft slid on the runway on its belly.
An airlines spokesman said the aircraft hit a dog on the runway leading to the collapse of its nose wheel.
As the pilot applied the brake, the landing gear collapsed leaving the plane stranded, official sources said.
Bangalore Airport Director Narendra Kaushal said two persons suffered minor injuries and all the 29 passengers were moved out of the plane.
He said the aircraft came to a standstill due to the nosewheel collapse. "It was not a crash landing," he told PTI.
Kaushal said as the runway was blocked by the stranded plane on the runway, movement of flights in and out of Bengaluru came to a complete halt and it would take some time to get it cleared for resumption of flights.
Efforts were on to tow the aircraft from the runway.
A spokesmen of the Kingfisher Airline described the incident as an "aborted take-off".