Kolkata: Over 100 passengers were stranded at Kolkata airport early Thursday after a water tanker hit a Qatar Airways aircraft, which was preparing to take off for Doha.
At around 2.30am, the water tanker hit the belly of the flight, near the landing gear, an official of Airport Authority of India (AAI) said. The plane was damaged in the accident and the passengers were safely de-boarded, he said.
No one was hurt in the accident, the official noted.
"All 103 passengers of the flight are provided accommodation at a hotel and they will be taking the 3am flight to Doha on Friday," he said.
Initial inspection suggests that the water tanker had technical issues, the brake wasn't functioning properly, the AAI official added. Further inquiry has been ordered into the accident.