Monday, October 09, 2017

6 flights make emergency landing in Bhubaneswar due to heavy rains in Kolkata

Kolkata: At least six Kolkata-bound flights had to divert midair and make emergency landing at Biju Patnaik International Airport here on Monday due to inclement weather in the West Bengal capital.
The flights left for Kolkata after the air traffic control gave landing permission.
"There was a delay of around three hours. Only one flight had to offload the passengers otherwise passengers of remaining five flights remained on board," said acting airport director Yudhisthir Sahu.
All the flights landed safely at the airport in quick succession between 9.30 to 10.30am. The flights were coming from Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Bengaluru and New Delhi.
Sahu said the due to heavy rains, the Kolkata ATC didn't give landing permission.
"There was zero visibility on the runway forcing the pilots to divert towards the nearest airport," he added.
While Indigo flights were coming from Hyderabad, Guwahati and New Delhi, the Air India flight had taken off from Bengaluru. Another flight of GoAir was coming from Ahmedabad.
09/10/17 Riyan Ramanath V/Times of India