Jaipur: An aircraft carrying seven passengers from Jaipur to Sri Ganganagar overshot the runway during landing due to the presence of birds at the Lalgarh airstrip on Tuesday. All passengers and crew members are safe.
“VTUDN, belonging to Supreme Transport Organisation Pvt Ltd, on Tuesday overshot the runway during landing. All passengers and crew are safe. The aircraft was on a regular flight on the Jaipur-Lalgarh-Jaipur route,” sources at Jaipur airport told IANS. The aircraft had departed from Sanganer airport of Jaipur.
The accident happened at 5.30pm, when birds flew onto the airstrip at the scheduled landing point. The aircraft then landed at a spot slightly ahead of its scheduled point from where it could not be controlled and eventually it overshot, hitting a boundary wall.
In a statement, president and CEO Supreme Airlines, Ammeet K. Agarwal, said: “Flight #503 from Jaipur to Sri Ganganagar, with seven passengers and two pilots on-board, overshot the runway at Lalgarh. Since runway length is only 3,000 feet, the aircraft hit the boundary wall after overshooting. No one was hurt. No severe damage has occurred to any property, including the aircraft.”
Jaipur-Sri Ganganagar flight services were launched on July 10, as a part of the state government’s intra-state air connectivity project by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.