Sri Lankan flight suffers hydraulic problem after landing in Chennai
September 10, 2015 11:29 am
116 passengers and crew members of a Sri Lankan Airlines flight had a narrow escape on Thursday when the plane suffered a hydraulic problem after landing and got stuck in the runway at the Chennai airport.
Airport officials said that the aircraft from Colombo with 108 passengers and eight crew members developed the problem after landing and could not move further.
Airport vehicles were immediately pressed into service and the plane was towed to the bay safely, the officials said, adding no one was injured in the incident.
It took two-and-a-half hours to rectify the problem and the flight after that proceeded for its destination of Colombo, they said.
SriLankan Airlines issued the following statement on the incident:
SriLankan Airlines wishes to clarify that, contrary to various media reports currently being circulated, SriLankan’s Chennai bound flight from Colombo UL 125, with 102 passengers and 12 crew on-board, landed safely at Chennai International Airport yesterday. (9th September 2015)
Flight UL 125 during its decent in Chennai experienced overheating of a hydraulic system and subsequent to the landing, the Pilots requested for ground assistance to tow the aircraft.
The aircraft was then towed to the parking bay and the technical fault was rectified shortly. It flew back to Colombo after a delay of two hours, under the flight number UL 126.
SriLankan wishes to reiterate that the Airline is dedicated to assure the safety of its passengers and at no point were the passengers and crew in danger, as stated in the media reports.