Air Ambulance With 5 On-Board Does Belly-landing At Mumbai

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Moments after the belly-landing of the ambulance flight on foam carpet in Mumbai after it lost a wheel during take-off from Nagpur.

A Beechcraft aircraft operating as an air ambulance with 5 people on-board carried out safe a belly-landing at Mumbai on Thursday night after it lost a wheel during take-off.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri lauded captain of the aircraft Kesari Singh for showing great skills to ensure that the plane lands safely.

Full-emergency for Air Ambulance

In a statement, a spokesperson of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai said: “A full-emergency was declared for a Beechcraft VT-JIL aircraft on route from Nagpur to Mumbai. The flight carrying 2 crew members, 1 patient, 1 relative and 1 doctor did a belly-landing at CSMIA at 21:09 hrs.”

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The wheel of an air-ambulance flight that it lost during take-off at Nagpur.

The airports emergency response team including the fire and rescue responders, follow-me vehicles, CISF, medical team amongst many others was activated instantly and on standby to provide immediate assistance to ensure the safe evacuation of the passengers.

Safe Landing

As a precautionary method, CSMIA also foamed RWY 27 in order to avoid the aircraft catching fire. All passengers were evacuated safely and flights operating in and out of CSMIA remain on schedule.

Airport staff at Nagpur informed that the aircraft had been flying Bagdogra to Mumbai with a refuelling halt at Nagpur. Upon take-off it was noticed that a wheel had come off.

The C-90 aircraft belongs to Jetserv Aviation and was being flown by Captain Kesari Singh. Aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a probe into the belly-landing.

Aircraft Crash-lands in Gwalior

A Madhya Pradesh Govt aircraft said to be carrying Remdesivir injections for COVID-19 patients, crash-landed at Gwalior airport on Thursday around 9 p.m. The Beech 209GT Super King Air aircraft (VT-MPQ) with 3 crew on board was operating from Indore to Gwalior, when it crash-landed on GWL runway 06R.

“All three are safe but have sustained multiple injuries. First aid was given at SMC (station medical centre) and then they were transferred to Gwalior medical college. Captain Majid was the pilot in command,” initial reports by The Times of India said.

Reports said the aircraft has suffered extensive damages as it got into ‘arrest barrier’ which is normally used for fighter planes. Officials said a probe will reveal whether the plane landed on the designated runway.

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