30/12/2015 9:56 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Narrow Escape For 171 Passengers Of Air India Flight As Dog Enters Runway

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An Airbus SAS A319 aircraft operated by Air India Ltd. approaches to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Air India is the nation's third biggest airline by market share. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

AMRITSAR-- It was a narrow escape for 171 passengers on board a Dubai-bound Air India flight when a dog appeared on the runway when the plane was taxiing forcing the pilot to abort the take-off at Rajasansi International Airport here today.

An official at the airport said the dog appeared before the front tyre of Amritsar-Dubai Air India Express Flight at around 3.10 pm when plane was taxiing to the runway for take-off.

The pilot applied the emergency brakes and brought the plane back to the bay, the official said.

All the 171 passengers were deplaned and a thorough technical checkup of the aircraft was carried out, especially the brake pressure and position of engine mountings.

After carrying out the necessary check-ups, the plane took off at 7.13 pm for its destination, after nearly four hours of delay.

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