Airbus Accidentally Dropped From A Crane
An Air India A320 no longer used by the airline was being transported for training use at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, India yesterday when the crane being used to lift it collapsed.
It was the first time a crane, mounted on top of a 16-wheelbase transport carrier, was used for such an operation. No one was injured however both the 70 tonne aircraft and 200 tonne crane were badly damaged. 'An old hull stationed at Old Begumpet airport in Hyderabad was being moved from Air India hanger for training purpose,' said a statement from Air India.
A gap was made in the airport boundary wall to allow the mobile crane to move the aircraft to the training establishment, "There is two to three kilometre distance from the airport hangar to the training academy. The aircraft has to be lifted to certain height and carried in the air to avoid trees and electric poles on the road. While the heavy truck was moving slowly towards the Air India's training academy, at around 6.30 am, the arm of the crane snapped due to heavy load and the aircraft crashed on the boundary wall of a private property opposite to the airport premises," a police officer told the media.
Shortly after the incident, Air India officials began cutting the aircraft into three pieces to be carried separately to the training academy.
Video: One India Oneindia Hindi A crane carrying an Air India aircraft lost its balance and crashed near Begumpet airport in Telangana , no casualties have been reported. According to a top police official, the aircraft was empty and was being taken to a hangar for training purposes. The incident took place at 7 am in the morning when the crane lost its balance and crashed on the compound wall of Hitech club near Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam school at the old airport road in Bowenpally.