Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Stranded flight affects operations at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: Flight operations at the Mumbai airport will remain affected till Wednesday evening as efforts are under way to retrieve a SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 aircraft that overshot the runway amid heavy rainfall on Monday night. The primary runway will remain unavailable till 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday hampering travel plans of passengers

At the time of going to press, Air India engineers and technical staff were busy trying to retrieve the Jaipur to Mumbai flight SG 6237 with 160 passengers, which skidded while landing on the flooded runway. The aircraft had been deregistered from Jet Airways and leased by SpiceJet. A 150-foot raft was laid to pull the aircraft back to the runway. The incident had a large-scale impact on airport’s operations. On Tuesday, 55 flights, including 26 international flights, were diverted and over 100 flights were cancelled. IndiGo alone cancelled 100 flights.

The secondary runway was unable to handle all the 800-odd flight movements. On Monday night, the airport was closed for nearly two hours as the Mithi river, which flows underneath the airport, had breached its banks. Meanwhile, pilots complained of braking issues on a wet runway forcing several aircraft to halt operations. Flights resumed in the morning, but in a curtailed manner. Most flights were running several hours behind schedule and passengers were idling to kill time.
03/07/19 Lalatendu Mishra/Aditya Anand/The Hindu


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