Panaji: If it wasn’t for the Indian Navy’s quick strategies, the Dabolim airport incident on Tuesday could have turned into a huge disaster.

A Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight 9W 2374, carrying 154 passengers and 7 crew members, swerved off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa when it was aligning itself for the take off and injured several onboard passengers.

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An Indian Navy official said, “The Navy responded within 15-20 minutes and all the passengers were evacuated safely out of the aircraft. It would have turned into a catastrophe had the Navy not acted promptly.”

“After the passengers were evacuated, the operation to rescue the aircraft started. The damage to the runway was also accessed by a team of Indian Navy and Airport Authority of India officials,” he further added.

There was an initial announcement of operations to be halted at the Dabolim airport till 12:30 pm but it was later changed to 9 am.



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