Friday, July 02, 2021

Four flights diverted due to heavy rain

Kolkata: Torrential rain triggered by a cloudburst near the airport forced two flights to abort landing and led to the diversion of four flights to other airports on Friday evening.

While the rest of Kolkata beyond Kaikhali remained overcast, blinding rain in the approach funnel that leads to Kolkata airport brought down visibility and made operations impossible. The rain that came down in sheets between 4pm and 6pm also led to waterlogging in some sections of the airport apron area. Nearly 100mm of rain was recorded.

Two planes — an Air India flight from Agartala and an Alliance Air flight from Jharsuguda — had to go around after missing the touchdown approach due to poor visibility and wind shear. While the AA aircraft landed later, the AI flight was diverted to Varanasi.

02/07/21 Times of India

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