over 50 flights affected
Mumbai. An Indian Air Force AN-32 overran the main runway at Mumbai’s international airport late at night on Tuesday. The plane was unable to take off due to a technical problem. No one was hurt. The plane stopped just before the airport boundary, beyond which lies a highway. Runway 09/27, which the AN-32 overshot, is shut, but another one is operational. Officials were trying to start the IAF plane or pull it away from the main runway. A special IAF team has reached the site. Airport operations were hampered on Wednesday morning: over 50 flights were affected, and the average departure delay was 28 minutes.
AN-32 FACED TECHNICAL ISSUE
An official statement confirmed that a departing Air Force plane had had a “runway excursion” at 23.39 pm on Tuesday.The AN-32 was travelling to the Yelahanaka Air Force station in Bengaluru.”The aircraft had abandoned take-off view a technical issue and overshot the runway,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said, adding that the plane and the crew were safe.”A recovery team has arrived [in] Mumbai and the aircraft will be cleared shortly.”