This is the second accident of this type in several years. An Air India Airbus A320 got stuck under a bridge. Materials showing the consequences of this event have appeared online.
The fuselage of a ‘retired’ Air India plane got stuck under a bridge at Mothihari while being transported to Assam from Mumbai. An Airbus A320 got stuck and caused huge traffic jams on NH-27.
An unusual accident in India. The plane got stuck under the bridge
An Air India plane was being transported from Mumbai to Assam for conversion into a restaurant. Due to the driver’s incorrect assessment, he got stuck under one of the viaducts. Interestingly, two very similar accidents occurred in 2021 and 2022, when A320s were trapped under bridges in Delhi and Bapatla. This is the third consecutive year that former carrier Air India’s Airbus A320 has encountered problems during transit, this time at Motihari.
The plane blocked traffic on the highway
According to local media reports, on Friday, December 29, there was significant disruption in the East Champaran district of Bihar after an Air India plane got stuck under the Piprakothi Bridge. According to reports, the Airbus A320-200 sold in 2021 was being transported from Mumbai to Assam on a trailer. Then he got stuck under the viaduct.
Police were called to the scene and worked for over an hour to free the airframe. The entire situation caused traffic delays on the NH-27 section passing through the city. The plane was safely removed after the tires were deflated on the bed of the truck on which it was being transported.
“It appears that the vehicle driver misjudged the height of the flyover compared to the height of the vehicle being transported, as a result of which it got stuck under the flyover,” an anonymous police officer told The Hindustan Times.
It turns out that the history of the plane itself is not the happiest either. It was originally delivered to Indian Airways in 1994 and had several accidents during service. In 1999 and 2017, a plane skidded off the runway at Myanmar’s Rangoon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN) and Jammu-Satwari Airport (IXJ), respectively. In addition, its tires regularly burst during landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai. The jet was withdrawn from service in 2016 and stored in Mumbai in 2019, with Air India putting it up for sale in late 2021. Speaking to AeroTime, Air India confirmed that the plane is no longer associated with the airline and that she was not involved in Friday’s incident.