On the morning of December 27, two major mishaps were averted in two different corners of India. One incident happened in Indira Gandhi International (IGI), national capital’s airport and the other occurred in Goa.
At least 15 people were reportedly injured when, at around 5 am, Jet Airways flight 9W 2374 while aligning for takeoff, skidded off the runway at Goa’s Dabolim airport.
The flight that arrived from Dubai and was destined for Mumbai, took a 360-degree spin and skidded off the runway.
The aircraft tilted during the evacuation process which sparked panic among 161 people on board, according to an eye witness.
“The Navy responded within 15—20 minutes and all the passengers were evacuated safely out of the aircraft. It would have turned into a catastrophe had the Navy not acted promptly,” said a Naval spokesperson
The Goa airport, which is located in Indian Navy’s facility, INS Hansa in Vasco town is nearly 25 km from Panaji.
According to the sources in the Navy , nearly 15 passengers suffered “minor injuries and fractures” during the evacuation process
“Few guests have sustained minor injuries during the evacuation process and medical assistance is being coordinated by the Jet Airways team and the airport authorities,” the airlines said in a statement.
According to the latest update by the Jet Airways, the Goa airport has resumed normalcy. While seven out of the 12 injured passengers have been discharged after administrating first aid, remaining five are currently receiving medical attention.
A SpiceJet flight that was preparing for a takeoff, when it dangerously faced an IndiGo flight from Lucknow that was heading towards the taxiway after landing.