Karnataka Tourism Minister and mining magnet G Janardhana Reddy and Health Minister B Sreeramulu had a close shave today when the private chartered aircraft by which they were flying suffered a tyre burst at Hyderabad airport.

Both the ministers, accompanied by some officials, had left here for Hyderabad enroute to Delhi this morning and had a brief stop over for refuelling at Hyderabad airport, sources close to them told PTI.

However, one of the tyres of the aircraft burst during take-off, following which all those on-board were evacuated safely, the sources said.

While Mr. Reddy left for Delhi by another aircraft, Mr. Sreeramulu decided against travelling after the incident, they said.

Mr. Reddy and Mr. Sreeramulu were travelling to Delhi to receive an award that the State’s Tourism Department had won, the sources said.

The 10-seater private aircraft suffered the tyre burst at around 1000 hrs, sources in the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) said in Hyderabad.

The runway was closed for ten minutes till the aircraft was removed, they said.

There was no major disruption of air traffic due to this incident, they added.