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After 22 hours: Aircraft with flat tyre on runway towed away

 2016-05-15 07:05:26.0

images (8)Tahlka news Bureau, Mumbai:� Lufthansa aircraft, which had a tyre burst incident on landing at Mumbai airport late on Friday, was towed away from the main runway around 8.30 pm on Saturday. After a closure of close to 22 hours, the main runway was thrown open for flight operations about half an hour later. The incident took place around 10.50 pm when the Lufthansa A330 aircraft operating flight LH 764 from Munich did a hard landing. The pilot had not called in an emergency. "An air traffic controller and pilots of two flights, Air India and Air Arabia, which were parked on the apron saw sparks fly off the aircraft wheels on landing," said an airport source. Four international flights were cancelled, one Cathay Pacific freighter was diverted to Hyderabad. Even as operations were shifted onto the secondary runway, on Saturday, several other domestic flights were delayed throughout the day, with an average of 45 minutes delay during the morning and evening peak hours.

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