Air ambulance makes belly landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, Mumbai

Director-General of Civil Aviation Arun Kumar said, “We were really worried. The pilot was told how to do a belly landing and was jittery. By God's grace, everything went off well. The operation went on for three hours.’’ Source - The Indian Express

The Mumbai airport saw troubled moments on Thursday as an air ambulance was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its wheels fell off. Even as a full emergency was announced at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, the plane managed to land safely.

The wheel of the Beechcraft VT-JIL aircraft, belonging to Jetserve Aviation, fell off at Nagpur airport soon after take-off. The fallen wheel was noted by a CISF employee who raised the alarm and cautioned airport administrations and the Air Traffic Controller. The ATC raised a distress call and a conclusion was made to make an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport.

What is a Belly Landing?

A belly landing or gear-up landing occurs when an aircraft lands without its landing gear fully expanded and uses its underside, or belly, as its primary landing device.

Pilot's Statement

The pilot of the aircraft, Keshari Singh, said he realized the wheel had fallen and had to burn a lot of fuel before he landed. “I did a belly landing. I don’t know whether there is damage to the runway. We will have to check. I am thankful that everyone is safe,’’ Singh said.

The flight had taken off from Bagdogra in West Bengal and halted at Nagpur for refueling on the way to Mumbai. Nagpur police commissioner, Amitesh Kumar said, “The aircraft had come from Bagdogra at 4.30 pm, waited in Nagpur only for refueling at left at 5.15 pm.’’

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