Mumbai rains: Airport operations affected, as many as 108 flights cancelled, 63 of Jet Airways alone

By: | Published: September 20, 2017 7:40 PM

Mumbai rains: The normal life has been thrown out of gear due to the massive downpour today across the city and the same applies to operations at the airport too.

Mumbai rains, Mumbai heavy rains, Jeyt airways, Mumbai airportA domestic Spice Jet aircraft is seen off the runway after it skidded off into the unpaved surface during heavy rains in Mumbai. (AP Photo)

Mumbai rains: The normal life has been thrown out of gear due to the massive downpour today across the city and the same applies to operations at the airport too. Flight operations were affected for the second day in a row, in fact. As many as 108 flights cancelled and another 51 diverted to nearby airports till this morning due to heavy rain and closure of the main runway after a Spice Jet aircraft skidded, overshot the runway and got stuck in mud, blocking it, an airport official told PTI. As many as 63 Jet Airways, 8 IndiGo flights, 3 SpiceJet and 1 GoAir flight were cancelled because of the bad weather.

Last night, the skidding of a SpiceJet flight in the runaway increased the problem further as it led the private airport operator to shift operations to another runway, which has limited operations, PTI said. The flight that was having 183 people onboard, skidded while landing at the airport and got stuck in the mud. All passengers were evacuated safely. After the downpour several airlines also issued advisories to the passengers. “Weather conditions have improved, flights to/from Mumbai are still getting affected due last night weather,” Ïndigo tweeted.

Things are not likely to improve for a while as the NOTAM (notice to airmen) period has been further extended to 6 pm, which indicates flight operations cannot be take place till that time, PTI revealed.

Fortunately, no deaths or damage have been reported so far. “Current visibility is 1600 mts with winds of 12 knots. RWY 14 is being used for arrivals while RWY 32 is being used for departures. The disabled aircraft recovery kit from Air India is at site and preparation of pavement underneath the aircraft is in progress,” a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson was quoted as saying by PTI.

The Mumbai airport is India’s second busiest airport, which handles 930 flights every day with an average of 48 movements per hour, the report added.

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Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an appeal to people requesting them not to spread rumours of a cyclone warning. Rains have threatened to paralyse the financial capital.  In its effort to control the panic, the BMC’s Disaster Management Cell issued a tweetsaying no such warning had been issued by the weather department. “As informed by IMD there is no cyclone warning forMumbai. Citizens r requested not to spread & trust rumour,” it had tweeted.

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