Thursday, May 09, 2019

IAF plane overshoots runway, flights delayed

An Indian Air Force aircraft, AN-32, overshot the main runway 09/27 shortly before midnight on Tuesday, leading to the closure of the main runway and causing delays of up to 60 minutes for several flights on Wednesday.
 According to Mumbai airport sources, the runway excursion happened at 11.39 pm Tuesday night when Antonov-32, departing for Yelahanka base in Bengaluru, overshot Runway 27 and strayed into the Runway End Safety Area (RESA). After the incident, Runway 27 was shut for operations, and aircraft movements were shifted to Runway 09 and secondary runway 14/32.
The airport also issued a Notice to Airmen stating that Runway 09/27 was unavailable for operations due to a disabled aircraft. A Defence spokesperson said “The aircraft had abandoned take off due to a technical issue and overshot the runway. Both the aircraft and crew are fine. A recovery team has arrived in Mumbai and the aircraft will be shortly cleared.” However, it took the recovery team more than 16 hours to clear the aircraft from the runway.
Runway 27 was handed back to the airport for operations from 4.50 pm. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has two cross runways – 09/27 the main runway and 14/32 the secondary runway, which have the capacity to handle 48 and 35 flight movements, respectively, per hour.
With a part of the main runway shut for operations, domestic departures were impacted by an average of 40 to 60-minute delays. “The operations were not disrupted. Only one international Air India flight from Delhi to Washington Dulles was rescheduled three times and the morning flight finally departed at 5.45 pm,” said an airport official.
 09/05/19 Mumbai Mirror