Indigo plane veers off runway, narrow escape for 140 passengers

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 13:56 hrs

Mumbai: 140 passengers on board an IndiGo flight from Chandigarh to Mumbai had a narrow escape after the aircraft veered off the runway after landing at the airport in Mumbai, officials said today.

IndiGo flight 6E433 damaged some runway lights while landing on Saturday, they said.

The pilot of the aircraft was called for questioning today, they said, adding, the preliminary report is expected to be submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) soon.

"Our investigations into the incident are on," a DGCA official said.

The airport's main runway had to be closed for almost two hours to clear the area and repair the lights. Most arriving and departing flights were consequently delayed by 30 to 40 minutes.

The airline said in a statement that the plane went off the runway due to a "sudden gust of wind".

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