Gulf Air passengers evacuated after tyres blowout
Gulf Air was forced to evacuate 51 passengers and seven crew from a plane this week, after the pilot aborted takeoff at the last minute.
Officials from the Middle Eastern airline confirmed that flight GF522 to Qatar had its takeoff “discontinued” due to “technical issues“, leading to four of the aircraft’s tyres bursting, stated a report in the Gulf Daily News.
"All passengers and crew from the Airbus A321 were disembarked safely in line with normal procedures and transported to the terminal," said a Gulf Air statement.
The main runway at Bahrain International Airport was shutdown for over two hours as a result, with at least five incoming flights being diverted to other airports.
"The incident required the closing of the airport as emergency measures were implemented immediately to deal with the situation and ensure safety. The runway was then reopened at 9.35am," a spokesperson from Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) told Gulf Daily News.
Passengers were later transferred to another aircraft that was heading to the Qatari capital Doha and an investigation has been launched by BAC and Gulf Air.