15:22 GMT24 January 2021
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    The past few weeks have brought cold waves accompanied by heavy snowfall in several parts of northern India, including the Jammu and Kashmir Valley. Not only have snow-laden roads caused major traffic disruptions in the region, the downfall has also affected the smooth operations of flights due to blocked runways.

    On Wednesday afternoon, an IndiGo plane taking off for Delhi from Srinagar Airport in Jammu and Kashmir was damaged after colliding with hard snow on the runaway, causing panic among passengers.

    Flight number 6E-2559 was carrying 233 passengers on board when the incident occurred. No causalities were reported.

    Pictures of the plane have made their way onto social media, giving a glimpse of the situation.

    ​Earlier this month, the Airport Authority of India took to Twitter to inform travellers that Srinagar Airport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a company for snow removal from the apron area called Beacon.

    Due to the heavy snowfall, in the past weeks, flights landing and taking off from Srinagar Airport have been suspended repeatedly to avoid accidents.  

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