Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Mumbai suspends flight movement from 2.30-7 pm; Fedex plane removed from runway after overshooting it

New Delhi: Mumbai Airport will suspend flight movement between 2.30 pm and 7 pm on Wednesday due to cyclone Nisarga leading to very strong crosswinds. Earlier on Wednesday, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport a Fedex MD 11 aircraft shot off the runway on landing at Mumbai Airport on Wednesday afternoon, when the super cyclone made landfall amid.

The Fedex aircraft was flying in from Bengaluru and landed on secondary runway 14. But it could not stop on time and went out of the runway by nine metres. Luckily like runway excursions seen in past monsoons, the aircraft was quickly restored and the runway did not have to be closed for operations.

In a statement, CSMIA said it “witnessed a runway excursion Wednesday with FedEx flight 5033 arriving from Bengaluru. The incident occurred when the MD11 aircraft landed on runway 14/32. The aircraft was towed away from the runway and there has been no disruption in flight operations.” There is no reported damage to aircraft infrastructure and aircraft.

“In consultation with Airports Authority of India, considering the strong crosswinds, it has been decided that no arrivals and departures will take place between 2.30 pm to 7 pm,” the airport statement said.

On July 1, 2019, a SpiceJet Jaipur-Mumbai flight had skidded off the main runway on landing at Mumbai airport. Then just a few hours later another SpiceJet Boeing 737 flying in from Coimbatore overshot the other runway on landing. While the aircraft from Coimbatore was quickly removed from the runway end, the plane which had flown in from Jaipur had remained for three days. It was finally removed by Air India engineering.
03/05/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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