A lady pilot of Air India today performed the feat of landing a passenger plane on a single wheel at the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport here. All the 48 passengers and four crew members on board were miraculously saved, after the lady pilot reported that a wheel had come off in the air. Air India sources said the ATR 976- flight lost one of the front wheels during take off from Silchar airport this morning while en route Guwahati.
None of the 52 people — 48 passengers and four crew members were injured in the emergency landing, the sources said. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi congratulated the pilot Captain Urmila and co-pilot Yashu for saving the lives of the 52 people.
Gogoi spoke to the ladypilot Urmila over phone and conveyed his thanks to her and the co—pilot for showing alacrity, courage and dexterity by landing the flight safely. “Hats off to you and your co-pilot for your daring and courageous act which saved the precious lives of the passengers,” he added.