Saturday, August 17, 2019

Flights delayed, diverted in rain

Kolkata: Three flights were diverted and around 25 others had to hover above the airport for around half an hour as inclement weather hampered flight operations for an unusually long time on Friday.
The turmoil lasted around two and half an hours — from 3.30pm to 6pm — during which 30 departing and 25 arriving flights were delayed.
Airport officials said flights were caught in the disruptive thunderstorm that shook planes violently, and then blinding rain that brought down visibility. Pilots were forced to hover around till the weather improved. However, three flights — two of IndiGo and one of Air India — had to be diverted to Guwahati and Bhubaneswar airports as the delays exhausted their fuel reserves.
The torrential downpour led to accumulation of water in parking bays and hangars. However, there was no waterlogging on the runways or taxiways. Airport officials though are worried the heavy rain and flooding of grounds adjoining the tarmac will force jackals out of burrows and may cause further flight disruptions.
17/08/19 Times of India
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