An air ambulance did a safe belly-landing at Mumbai airport on Thursday evening after its wheel fell off after take-off from Nagpur airport. On a lighter note, all on-board the air ambulance, including a patient, was safe. The aircraft was carrying a patient, two crew members, a relative of the patient, and a doctor.
Beechcraft VT-JIL C-90 air ambulance of Jet Serve Aviation had taken off from Bagdogra in West Bengal. It took a brief stop at Nagpur airport for refuelling on way to Mumbai.
It arrived at Nagpur around 4.30 pm and left at 5.15 pm. However, after take-off from Nagpur airport, it lost its wheel. The pilot CaptKesari Singh realised this and gave anguish call to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), Mumbai. It’s due to the presence of mind and courage of the pilot the aircraft did safe landing. It burned a lot of fuel so that possibility of fire on landing the aircraft was minimised.
CSMIA’s emergency response team including the fire and rescue responders, follow-me vehicles, Central Industrial Security Force, medical team etc. were activated and kept on standby to provide instantaneoussupport to ensure safe evacuation of the passengers.
It also foamed Runway-27 to avoid the aircraft catching fire. The entire operation went on for three hours and the aircraft did a safe belly-landing on foam-carpeting at 9.09 pm. All passengers were evacuated safely.
Later, the patient, was shifted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai. Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Civil Aviation praise the captain for showing immense presence of mind and belly landed the aircraft on foam carpeting in Mumbai.