Air ambulance carrying Covid patient makes belly landing at Mumbai airport after losing wheel
Mumbai/IBNS: An air ambulance with a Covid patient onboard made an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport on Thursday after losing a wheel during take-off from Nagpur.
The Beechcraft VT-JIL aircraft on the way from Nagpur to Hyderabad declared a full emergency and made a belly-landing at 9:09 pm, authorities said.
This video captures the crucial moments after belly landing of the ambulance flight on foam carpet in Mumbai after it lost a wheel during takeoff from Nagpur.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 6, 2021
All onboard are safe.
Kudos to the crew & ground professionals.
@DGCAIndia @CSMIA_Official pic.twitter.com/b7fgBef1x4
Besides the Covid patient, the flight was carrying two crew members, a relative of the patient and a doctor.
The air ambulance was diverted to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after it reported the technical snag.
The airport's emergency response team including the fire and rescue responders, follow-me vehicles, security, medical team amongst many others was activated instantly.
A Jet Serve Ambulance with a patient onboard lost a wheel during takeoff from Nagpur. Showing immense presence of mind Capt Kesari Singh belly landed the aircraft on foam carpeting in Mumbai. All onboard are safe. Commendable effort by @DGCAIndia @CSMIA_Official & other agencies. pic.twitter.com/aelehUB7DS— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 6, 2021
They were on standby to provide immediate assistance to ensure the safe evacuation of the passengers from the flight.
In order for the safe landing of the aircraft, foam carpeting was created on the Mumbai airport runway.
All passengers were evacuated safely and flights operating in and out of the Mumbai airport remain on schedule.