New Delhi: Mumbai airport’s main runway was closed last Monday night after a SpiceJet flight, flying in from Jaipur, overshot its mark because of the heavy rainfall.
A second runway has been made operational for flights, as the plane continues to be stuck at the end of the runway.The incident led to the diversion of as many as 55 flights to nearby airports of Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.
“Spicejet SG 6237 Jaipur-Mumbai flight overshoots runway while landing at Mumbai Airport. All passengers are safe, no injuries reported,” a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement.
Air Vistara was among several other airlines, which posted notices of delay on social media.
INCIDENT: SpiceJet #SG6237 Jaipur to Mumbai (Boeing 737-800 VT-SYK) has skidded off the runway on landing during heavy rain at 2350IST (1820UTC) today. Many flights were forced to hold & have now diverted elsewhere. 3rd India runway excursion in 48 hours. https://t.co/fqEEegeuar pic.twitter.com/oWdH4nSujM
— Airport Webcams (@AirportWebcams) July 1, 2019
While Vistara confirmed the cancellation of ten flights plying in and out of Mumbai, including going to Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai, Indigo warned its passengers that the bad weather could spell delays and cancellations.
#6ETravelAdvisory: To check flight status, please visit https://t.co/Mj1tYZIvoE or send an SMS ST <flight no.><flight date> as DDMM, e.g. for flight 6E-333 for July 02, send ST 333 0207 to 566772. pic.twitter.com/KkzcTmbf32
— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) July 1, 2019
Among the international flights that were diverted was a Korean Air flight from Seoul to Mumbai, a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt and an Air India flight from Bangkok.
The relentless rains have also affected train services with the Central Railways confirming that no suburban trains will run today.
The deaths of over 20 people in rain-related incidents across Mumbai and Pune also forced authorities to declare a public holiday on Monday.