Thursday, September 21, 2017

Flights normalised, now Mumbai airport clear

Mumbai: Aircraft movements at the main runway of the Mumbai airport was restored last night after the airport operator removed the SpiceJet aircraft which had skidded after landing amid heavy rains on Tuesday.

The operations at runway 09/27 resumed at around 11:30pm after SpiceJet Boeing 737 was moved to the paved area and subsequently to a hanger, a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) official said.
The problems of airline travellers flying in and out of Mumbai just multiplied from Tuesday night. The flight operations were completely suspended between 6:50pm and 7:10pm at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) as the visibility dropped to 400 metres due to heavy rains on Tuesday. This was followed by the SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 183 people overshot a wet runway while landing at the airport. All passengers were safely evacuated. However, this catapulated into a major chaos and cancellation of flights in and out of Mumbai.

Nearly 108 flights were cancelled on Wednesday and 56 flights were diverted to different airports till Wednesday morning. Among those cancelled, 63 Jet Airways, 8 IndiGo, 3 SpiceJet and 1 GoAir flights were cancelled due to bad weather at Mumbai airport. Hundreds of passengers were stranded overnight and the Mumbai airport resembled a sleep over camp.

Amrita Kaur who was stranded at the CSIA, while flying out to Bhutan tweeted, @AmritaOfLife Bhutan I’m going to see you soon So much drama has happened in last 20 hours thanks to beautiful rains.
21/09/17  Neeta Kolhatkar/Free Press Journal

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