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Report: Bengaluru-bound flight grounded in Surat after stair vehicle collides with aircraft wing | Bengaluru

An Air India Express flight bound for Bengaluru via Delhi was cancelled at Surat airport on Friday evening after a passenger stairlift collided with the plane, damaging one of its wings, The Indian Express reported.

The stair car hit the wing of the Air India Express flight on its way to the gate, causing a sudden jolt for the 177 passengers on board. (PTI file photo)(HT_PRINT)
The stair car hit the wing of the Air India Express flight on its way to the gate, causing a sudden jolt for the 177 passengers on board. (PTI file photo)(HT_PRINT)

Sources at Surat airport speaking to reporters said the incident occurred around 9 pm when the stair car on its way to the gate hit the wing of the Air India Express flight, giving a sudden jolt to the 177 passengers on board.

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According to airport authorities, 46 passengers who wanted to continue their journey to Bengaluru were accommodated at a local hotel for a night following the collision. No passenger was injured in the incident, the report said.

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The repair work began on Saturday morning after Air India Express technicians arrived at the site. Around 131 passengers deplaned the flight in Surat, while those bound for Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru were instructed to wait for further instructions.

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“We have received information that there was a problem on the Delhi Surat Bangalore flight of Air India Express. The transport vehicle hit the rear of the wing. Repair work is underway on Saturday. No casualties have been reported so far,” said SC Bhalse, director of Surat airport, on the issue, as quoted in the release.

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