Dornier catches fire while landing in Kanpur, crew safe
The crew, including IAF personnel, who were scheduled to visit the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facility in Kanpur, managed to get out of the craft in time
A major tragedy was averted after a Coast Guard Dornier 228 aircraft, which took off from Chennai, skidded off the runway during touchdown at the Chakeri airport in Kanpur, rammed into a concrete structure and burst into flames.
The crew, including IAF personnel, who were scheduled to visit the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facility in Kanpur, managed to get out of the craft in time. Nobody was injured, said official sources.
Chakeri airport director B.K. Jha said the cause of the accident is being ascertained.
Jha said the Dornier's left engine developed a snag and the aircraft veered off the runway and halted after collision with a concrete structure near the tarmac.
The incident took place two days ago but came to light after a video went viral on Sunday.
In the visuals, the IAF personnel can be seen hurriedly disembarking and rushing towards the cockpit side to rescue the trapped crew.
Dornier 228 is a twin-engine turboprop, highly versatile multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft manufactured by HAL for the Indian Coast Guard.
"The aircraft is lightweight with varied operating speeds and is fuel-efficient. It has swift role-changing capabilities from maritime patrol and surveillance, to marine pollution contingency, search & rescue to medical evacuation," said an official.