A Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight carrying more than 150 passengers skidded off the airstrip at Goa’s Dabolim airport during take-off on Tuesday.
Twelve fliers were hurt after jumping off the inflated escape chutes used for emergency evacuation, said sources. There were no serious injuries.
Jet Airways issued a statement confirming that its Goa-to-Mumbai flight (9W 2374) carrying 154 passengers and seven crew members veered off the runway while aligning for take-off at 4.30am.
Navy sources said 15 people suffered “minor injuries and fractures” in the process.
“Few guests have sustained minor injuries during the evacuation process and medical assistance is being coordinated by the Jet Airways team and the airport authorities,” the airlines said in a statement.
Besides 154 passengers, there were 7 crew members on board.
“When people were getting down the plane, it suddenly tilted forward triggering panic and chaos,” a passenger told reporters at Chicalim cottage hospital in Vasco.
“The airline is making alternate travel arrangements for its guests to / from Goa in order to minimize inconvenience,” the statement said.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has begun an inspection, news agency ANI said in a tweet. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will investigate the incident, ANI added.
The flight spun 360 degrees in the aborted take-off bid. The runway was reopened round 9am.
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