Mumbai: A major tragedy was averted at the Mumbai airport on Thursday night when a Kingfisher flight, cleared for landing on a runway where a SpiceJet plane was already stationed, was asked to abort the landing at the last moment.
The Mumbai-Chennai SpiceJet flight was about to take off at around 11 PM on Thursday but the plane development a technical fault at the last minute. The Air Traffic Control then asked the Delhi-Mumbai Kingfisher Airlines aircraft to abort the take-off. The Kingfisher Airlines aircraft was asked to hover around the airport after which it finally landed.
Airport sources told CNN-IBN that the Kingfisher plane was well above the height required for an aircraft to safely go around the other aircraft on the runway and not land.
The Kingfisher Airline spokesperson confirmed the incident and said that the pilot complied with the ATC instruction. The flight, however, landed at Mumbai airport safely, he said.
“Shortly before the Kingfisher Airline flight IT318 was to land at Mumbai Airport, the ATC requested the captain of the flight to do a go around. The captain immediately complied with the ATC instruction and was revectored a fresh approach,” the spokesperson said.
On May 27, a major disaster was averted at the same airport as a Jet Airways plane was asked to abort landing at the last minute after an IndiGo aircraft entered the runway.