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Water tanker hits Qatar Airways plane at Kolkata airport, none hurt

PTI
Published : Nov 1, 2018, 1:01 pm IST
Updated : Nov 1, 2018, 1:07 pm IST

The aircraft that took the hit has been taken away for repairs soon after the incident.

The Qatar Airways flight, QR 541 from Kolkata to Doha had 103 passengers on board.  (Representational Image)
 The Qatar Airways flight, QR 541 from Kolkata to Doha had 103 passengers on board.  (Representational Image)

Kolkata: More than 100 passengers were stranded at Kolkata airport early Thursday after a water tanker hit a Qatar Airways aircraft, which was preparing to take off for Doha.

Around 2.30am, when passengers were boarding the plane, a water tanker hit the belly of the Doha-bound flight, near the landing gear, an official of Airports Authority of India (AAI) said.

The plane was immediately grounded for inspection and the passengers were safely de-boarded, he said.

No one was hurt in the accident, the official noted.

"All 103 passengers of the flight have been provided accommodation at a nearby hotel. They will be taking the 3am flight to Doha tomorrow (Friday)," he said.

Initial inspection suggests that the water tanker had technical issues, the brake wasn't functioning properly, the AAI official added.

Meanwhile, a source in the DGCA said an inquiry has been initiated into the incident. "We will take corrective measures based on the inquiry report," he said.

Tags: kolkata airport, qatar airways, directorate general of civil aviation
Location: India, West Bengal, Calcutta [Kolkata]
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