An Air India flight with 159 people onboard, caught fire during landing at the Delhi airport on Monday evening. According to airport sources, AI405 experienced hydraulic leak mid-air and made an emergency landing.
About seven Air India passengers sustained minor injuries during an evacuation operation carried out following an emergency landing in Delhi airport on Monday.
Upto five passengers received “minor” injuries during evacuation when a wheel of an Air India plane with 159 people onboard caught fire while landing under emergency conditions at the Indira Gandhi International Airport following hydraulic failure, airport sources said.
The fire was reported near the nose wheel of the aircraft which was coming from Varanasi to Delhi.
“Varanasi-Delhi flight AI 405 caught fire while landing at runway No.27 at the IGI airport around 8.30 p.m. today (Monday),” said a police official.
Air India said in a statement that the incident, which happened at around 7.58 pm, was caused by a hydraulic leak, but claimed there was no fire and none of the 153 passengers and six crew were injured during evacuation.
“Air India flight 405 Varanasi-Delhi had an emergency landing due to hydraulic leak. This resulted in few sparks at the nose wheel. There was no fire. All 146 passengers were evacuated safely and taken to terminal building. No passenger was injured,” the airliner said.
Meanwhile speaking to India Today Television, Union Civil Aviation minister for state Mahesh Sharma said, ” Minor fire was reported in the left wing of the Delhi bound Varanasi flight. All passengers evacuated safely at IGI airport. 3-4 people have received minor injuries during the evacuation.”
Runway 27, where the aircraft had landed, has been cleared, it said, adding all passengers were being served dinner and taken care of.