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Mumbai airport sees traffic chaos after SpiceJet plane drama

Air traffic operations at Mumbai airport, India's busiest airport, were seriously affected following heavy rains

Mumbai airport sees traffic chaos after SpiceJet plane drama

Air traffic operations at Mumbai airport, India’s busiest airport, were seriously affected following heavy rains, leading to an incident of a runway overshoot by a SpiceJet flight on the main runway on Monday night.

Airport authorities at Mumbai indicated it could take up to 48 hours to re-open the main runway, closed after the overshooting of the SpiceJet flight while landing in the heavy rains.

"Spicejet SG 6237 Jaipur-Mumbai flight overshot runway while landing at Mumbai Airport. All passengers are safe, no injuries reported," the airline said in a statement.

The plane had 167 passengers and crew on board.

The  Boeing 737-800 of the Indian carrier is still stuck at the end of the runway, and authorities are busy making preparations to remove the plane.

A secondary runway is operational but flights have been delayed due to heavy rush and continued rains, sources said.

Industry sources said about 52 flights have been cancelled, while 55 have been delayed.

The worst affected were the international flights as the secondary runway is not wide enough to accommodate wide-body airplanes.

Emirates’ flight was among the several international flights which were affected by the disruption at the Mumbai airport.

​Domestic airlines have posted messages on social media warning people of cancellation and delays.

Air Vistara has confirmed the cancellation of ten flights in and out of Mumbai, including flights to Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.

SpiceJet and Indigo have also tweeted, warning passengers that the rains in Mumbai could affect departures and arrivals. Both airlines have asked passengers to check for delays and cancellations of flights before leaving for the airport.

Mumbai, which have received about 540 millimeters of rain since Sunday night, is set for more rains in the next 24 to 48 hours, according to weather forecasts.

The Regional Meteorological Centre has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai city and its suburbs.

Skymet, India’s private weather forecasting agency, said Mumbai is at "serious risk of flooding" between July 3 and 5, warning that close to 200 mm or more rain per day is likely during this period.

A holiday has been declared on Tuesday by the state government in the wake of the heavy rains.

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