Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Mid-air scare: Flight hovers over 3 airports

Lucknow: Bad weather forced a Mumbai-Delhi Vistara flight with 180 passengers onboard to finally make an emergency landing with minimum fuel at Lucknow airport on Monday, but not before criss-crossing the skies for two hours over three other airports, where it was denied touchdown.

Around 5 pm, the Mumbai-Delhi Vistara-944 airlines was told by Air Traffic Control at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) that it cannot land due to bad weather. While the flight was hovering over IGI, the aircraft was diverted to Lucknow. But when the plane was about to touchdown at Amausi, the pilot encountered windy weather and low visibility and sought diversion to Kanpur.
The flight was diverted to Kanpur, but again it failed to land after ATC, Kanpur, denied permission. By this time, passengers and crew were on the edge and an SOS was sent to ATC Lucknow that the plane was low on fuel and needed swift landing. The pilot sought diversion to Bamrauli airport, Allahabad. After covering 40 miles, the pilot received an alert from ATC Lucknow that weather had normalized and landing was possible at Amausi. The pilot again took a U-turn towards Lucknow. Before touchdown, the pilot received an emergency alert from the aircraft system about low fuel. However, the plane successfully landed around 6.50 pm. Till late night, the flight was stationed at Amausi and passengers were served food at airport.

Spokesperson of Vistara, Shabih Rizvi, confirmed to TOI about multiple diversions of the flight before it landed safely at Lucknow airport. “The flight is scheduled to take off for Delhi after midnight,” said Rizvi.
16/07/19 Urooj Khan/Times of India

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