More than 200 Thai Airways passengers escaped unharmed after a late Tuesday night flight from Bangkok landed with a deflated tire at Kempegowda International Airport here. Flight TG-325 (B788) landed at 11:30 p.m.
“It was a safe landing, but the deflated right landing gear tire was later noticed by the airport ground crew. All passengers were safely disembarked,” said a Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) spokesperson Sources said the pilot was unaware of the deflated tire.
The aircraft was then towed to a safe location near the cargo side, where technical inspection began.
The return flight to Bangkok was cancelled. Although many departing passengers were stranded without proper information for some time, BIAL said they were accommodated in a hotel.
“All departing passengers (131 economy class and five business class) were accommodated at the hotel and booked for departure flight TG326 on April 28 at 00:30 a.m.,” the spokesperson said.
This plane was due to arrive from Bangkok at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He was tasked with bringing a new set of wheel accessories required for the previous
aircraft repair and maintenance.
Ground crew sources recalled that on Tuesday evening they noticed a small hole in one of the plane’s nine tires. Even though it was rapidly deflating, they quickly alerted the pilot and airport security before the passengers were offloaded.
The Boeing 787-800 aircraft has a capacity of approximately 260 passengers and crew. Airline officials were not immediately available for comment.
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