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Pushback Tug Catches Fire At Mumbai International Airport Moments Before Operation

LONDON – A pushback tow tractor caught fire at Mumbai International Airport, moments before executing its scheduled operation to push back an Air India flight to Jamnagar.

The incident took place at 11:38 IST (6:08 GMT), when the Air India flight AI-647, an Airbus A320 aircraft with 85 passengers and crew on board was ready for its scheduled departure to the Indian coastal city of Jamnagar.

The flight was delayed by 15 minutes for inspections before it was allowed to carry out the operation on route.

The blaze was extinguished within 15 minutes from its occurrence by the airport’s firefighting station, avoiding any damages to aircraft, passengers, and the airport.  

The Indian Aviation regulator, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a probe into this incident citing aviation safety and harm to passengers and staff, and are looking to presenting their report soon.

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