PUNE : Pune airport faced blockage of the runway after a Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft suffered a tyre burst after landing at the airport.
“A SU30 MKI aircraft had a tyre burst on landing at Pune airport leading to blockage of runway. The IAF personnel cleared the aircraft in record time leading to minimum disruption of civil traffic in the afternoon of March 30,” said a statement from defence.
The runway was shut for two hours and passengers had to face inconvenience as many flights were diverted to Mumbai and other places, local media reported. Departures were also affected as flights did not take off during the closure.
The runway was then cleared by the Indian Air Force personnel and opened for flying operations after required checks.
The runway was closed till 3:30 pm, affecting arrivals and departures.
“Due to runway closure in Pune (PNQ) till 1530 hours, all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected,” wrote Spicejet on their Twitter.
#Update: Due to runway closure in Pune (PNQ) till 1530 hours, all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status via https://t.co/VkU7yLjZly.
— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) March 30, 2022
The Pune international airport is a civil enclave operating from the Indian Air Force (IAF) station of Lohegaon, which is used to train IAF pilots. It is a base for the IAF’s frontline Sukhoi aircraft.