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Oman Air says plane tyres burst on arrival in Delhi

Airline says return flight from Indian capital to Muscat will be delayed by several hours; no-one injured in incident

Oman Air says plane tyres burst on arrival in Delhi

Oman Air said on Thursday that the tyres of one of its aircraft burst shortly after landing at Delhi Airport, although no one was injured in the incident.

Oman Air flight WY A40-BV 73L, a Boeing 737 flying from Muscat to Delhi, experienced two burst tyres following its arrival at the Indian airport.

The incident occurred while the aircraft was taxiing soon after it landed at the airport, the airline said in a statement.

A total of 143 passengers and six crew were onboard and no injuries were reported. All passengers were disembarked smoothly and were transferred by bus to the airport terminal, Oman Air added.

The airline said the return Delhi-Muscat flight will be delayed by seven hours as a result of the incident, adding that it "regrets the inconvenience this may cause to passengers".

Spare parts and a replacement crew are travelling to Delhi to bring the aircraft back to base as swiftly as possible.

Oman Air thanked the crew aboard the affected aircraft for the "professionalism, quick thinking and concern for passenger well-being that they displayed throughout".

"Oman Air's over-riding priority is to safeguard the well-being of all its customers and staff, and the airline is proud of its unblemished safety record," the carrier added.

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