Mumbai airport operations hit, 75 flights cancelled due to heavy rains

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21 September, 2017

On Tuesday evening, a SpiceJet plane, carrying 183 passengers, skidded off the runway during landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

The IMD has forecast that intermittent rain or showers are likely to occur in the city and suburbs on Thursday with heavy to very heavy rains at one or two places.

Flight operations were suspended until Wednesday morning as a result of the downpour.Maharashtra State Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced that all schools in the city would remain shut.

"Rainfall will decrease, but light to moderate rainfall will continue in the Mumbai region", Ajay Kumar, Scientist India Meteorological Department Mumbai said. Flights were badly hit after a private airline skidded on Mumbai airport's main runway, forcing its closure.

With more rains expected in the next 24 hours as per the Met department, Mumbaikars are staying cautious and are avoiding stepping out of the houses. "The disabled aircraft recovery kit from Air India is at site and preparation of pavement underneath the aircraft is in progress, " said an airport official. Delays have been reported in arrival and departure of flights due to fluctuating weather.

In Mumbai 56 flights were diverted due to yesterday night's thunder and lightning storms.

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Flight operations at the Mumbai airport remain affected for the second day today. Mumbai recorded its second highest September rain in a span of 12 hours yesterday, BMC officials said.

The runway will be closed off for maintainance till 2pm today. Later, both runways were closed, and the main runway will be unavailable till 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a Note To Airmen (NOTAM) said.

Till Wednesday morning, the IMD said Mumbai suburbs received 304 mm rains while the city experienced 210 mm rainfall.

The Western Railways had cancelled five trains till now. The road traffic was badly affected and it was hard for commuters to reach stations and take the train for workplaces.

India's largest carrier Indigo and rivals Jet Airways and Vistara issued advisories saying they had halted all flights to and from Mumbai due to unavailability of runways and bad weather conditions.


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