Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mumbai airport’s main runway to remain shut till 2 pm due to heavy rains

Mumbai: The Mumbai Airport extended closure of all flight operations on the main runway till 2 pm as work on towing out a stranded private airlines aircraft continued amidst ongoing heavy rains, low visibility, and strong winds, officials said here on Wednesday.

According to IMD figures, Mumbai suburbs recorded a whopping 304 mm rainfall till this morning, making it the third highest downpour in a single day since the great Mumbai floods when the city experienced 945 mm rains, followed by 316 mm on August 29 this year.

Since midnight far more than five dozen flights, many of them international, have been either diverted to various cities like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nagpur as the main runway 9/27 was blocked by a SpiceJet aircraft which skidded off the runway and got stuck in soft mud late on Tuesday night.
“We are experiencing heavy rainfall and bad tailwinds at the airport. The flights are taking off and landing from the secondary runway. There are delays (of upto 30 minutes) in arrivals/departures because of the fluctuating weather,” a spokesperson said.

An Air India technical team is assisting the SpiceJet authorities to retrieve the stuck plane and clear the runway for regular operations in the next few hours.

A 22-member Zimbabwe Under-19 team which was supposed to reach Mumbai yesterday has been stranded at Nagpur’s Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport since last night.
20/09/17 IANS/Free Press Journal