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28 passengers injured as IndiGo plane develops problem in landing gear


indigoNew Delhi: 28 passenger today suffered injuries when an IndiGo plane with over 150 passengers on board developed a problem in its landing gear that caused thick smoke to emanate after touching down at the airport here, prompting emergency evacuation.

As the Airbus A-320 aircraft operating flight 6E-176 from Mumbai and carrying 148 passengers and six crew members landed at the IGI Airport around 1530 hours, the Air Traffic Control observed “dense smoke” coming out of the left-side lower portion and alerted the pilots, airport sources said.

The aircraft was moved to the taxiway where all passengers were evacuated through emergency slide-chutes, an airline spokesperson said, adding that “some of them suffered minor injuries during evacuation”.

While one of the passengers suffered suspected fracture, the others had minor bruises, the sources said, noting 28 persons were injured.

Aviation regulator DGCA and the airline have begun probing the incident, as preliminary reports said the smoke was caused by heavy friction on the left brake assembly of the aircraft’s landing gear. The investigation would continue over the next few days, the sources said.

This is the second incident involving an IndiGo aircraft in the recent past.

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