Bangalore, Mar 28: All the 25 passengers and crew members of the Kingfisher flight leaving for Hyderabad had a miraculous escape when the front wheels of ATR-72 aircraft hit a dog on the runway at HAL Bangalore airport here tonight. Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials said that the aircraft dradged on its nose for 100 meters after the nose wheel brokedown while taking off.
Two passengers who suffered minor injuries were taken to a hospital for treatment. All the passengers were safely evacuated from the damaged airfcraft and were brought to the airport terminal. Reports said that the aeroplane hit a dog on the runway while taking off, however the AAI officials dismissed this version and said that there were no dogs on the runway. Airtraffic was suspended immediately after the accident took place at 2150 hours tonight. The runway was blocked as the aircraft was stranded right in the middle of the runway. The airtraffic is accepted to resume only after three hours. DGCA has asked the HAL authority maintaining the airport to clear the runway as quickly as possible.
The international airtraffic was also badly affected as a large number of international flights were due for takeoff after 2300 hrs. A Kingfisher spokesmen said that all the 25 passengers will be sent to Hyderabad by the next available flight.
Civilian operations at the HAL airport belonging to the PSU aircraft maker would soon be stopped once the operations start at green field Bengaluru international airport near Devanahalli starts on May 11.
Meanwhile, the airport has resumed its operations after the runway has been cleared off.