An Indigo ATR 72-600 suffered a tyre burst during a second attempt to land at Hubbali Airport on Monday this week.
The aircraft, with registration VT-IYX, was operating flight 6E-7979 from Kannur to Hubbali in Karnataka with 11 people, including 4 crew members on board.
The ATR took off Kanpur at 18:45 and touched down for the first time at Habbali’s runway 26 at 20:03. However, the aircraft took off immediately due to strong gusting crosswinds and went around.
The aircraft then entered into a holding pattern and landed again at 20:32, suffering the tire burst eventually. The crew then reported that they suspected burst tyres and stopped on the runway as both nose gear tyres were blown.
– IndiGo ATR aircraft VT-IYX operating flight 6E-7979 had a tyre burst while landing at Hubli last night.
– Aircraft remained stuck in the middle of runway, now pulled out.
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) June 15, 2021
No injuries were reported, and the aircraft was towed off the runway. The runway was reportedly closed for nearly 4 hours. In a statement, an airline spokesperson said:
“IndiGo ATR operating 6e-7979 from Kannur to Hubballi reported Tyre Burst at Hubli upon arrival yesterday (Monday) evening. All passengers and crew are safe. Aircraft is currently under maintenance checks at Hubballi.”
Feature Image: “Tarun Shukla“