Kanpur: An Air India plane, carrying 54 passengers, on Wednesday skidded off the runway after a tyre burst but no one was injured in the incident, airline sources said.

A tyre of the Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700, operating with the call sign AI-9801, bursted as soon as it touched down the IAF-controlled Chakeri airport here and skidded off the runway with the front wheels screeching to a stop in the muddy areas, the sources said here.

"Landed in Kanpur on AI. Emergency landing as plane skidded off runway into wet mud. Lucky save. Evacuations on now. Thank u god", noted author Chetan Bhagat, who was travelling on the flight, tweeted immediately after the rough landing.

The airline sources said no one was injured in the incident and added that the runway, operated by the air force, had a low width.

The aircraft was soon pulled back to the terminal building. While 52 of the 54 passengers were travelling to Kanpur, the rest of them were sent to Lucknow for their onward journey, the sources said.

The flight, launched about a month ago, operates from Delhi to Kolkata via Kanpur.

Airport Manager A K Sarin said it was raining in the city on Wednesday and when the plane landed it tyres got stuck in the mud.

"The flight will not be sent to Kolkata and a team of technicians will be inspecting the plane," he said.

Airport PRO Prashant Shukla said all passengers bound for Kolkata have been sent to Lucknow by road and from there they will be put on a flight bound for the eastern metropolis.

(Agencies)