Low-flying bridge ahead! Moment a passenger plane gets STUCK under an overpass as it is transported along a highway in Delhi
- Passenger plane was stuck under bridge near Indira Gandhi International Airport
- Air India said the aircraft had been sold off and that it was no longer its property
- The plane was being transported on the Gurgaon-Dehli Expressway on Saturday
This is the moment a former Air India plane crashed into a motorway bridge after the lorry driver transporting it made an embarrassing miscalculation.
Footage recorded by a motorist shows the passenger plane getting stuck under an overpass on the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway, in Delhi, on October 2.
The roof of the aircraft is seen colliding with the bridge, making a loud screeching sound.
Small fragments of the plane and overpass can be seen falling to the ground while shocked road users beep their horns.
The Air India plane had been sold and was being transported by a huge lorry when it became stuck under an overpass near Indira Gandhi International Airport in Dehli
The clip quickly went viral on social media after images of the aftermath prompted speculation as to how the aircraft had become stuck
The plane was stuck on the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on October 2
Separate footage shows the aircraft, which had had its wings and tail removed before transportation, still wedged under the bridge as cars drive past it.
The incident was filmed near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the Indian capital of New Delhi.
Rishabh Kumar – who filmed the moment – said: ‘I was on my way back home and saw this aircraft loaded on a trailer.
‘So out of curiosity I recorded a video which is now turned into an unexpected moment.
‘I was shocked and really didn’t expect that this was going to happen.’
Footage of the crash and the stranded aircraft swiftly went viral on social media.
In a statement the following day, Air India said the plane had been decommissioned and sold.
The national carrier said: ‘This is a deregistered scrapped aircraft of Air India which has been sold off.
Footage shows cars and buses driving past as the Air India aircraft remains wedged
‘This was transported last night by the party. Air India has got no connection whatsoever with the aircraft under any circumstances.’
A Delhi airport official told the Times of India: ‘The aircraft certainly does not belong to the Delhi airport’s fleet and in the video, it is being transported without any wings.
‘It appears to be a scrapped plane and the driver may have made a judgement of error while transporting it.’
Reports did not mention how the plane was freed but social media users suggested the lorry’s tyres were partially deflated so it could pass underneath.
The same action is believed to have been taken following previous similar incidents.
According to witnesses, the plane became stuck at around between midnight and 1am but it is not known how long it took to be freed.
Indian journalist Deepak Sharma said on Twitter: ‘The aircraft, seems an old one, was being transported on a large vehicle when it got stuck under the overbridge.
‘A negligence on part of officials and transporter.’
It is unclear if local authorities will be investigating the plane’s new owners over the incident.