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Mumbai airport runway shut down

A Saudi Arabian Boeing 747-300 registration HZ-AIT performing flight SV-744 from Jeddah via Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Mumbai, India, burst the number 2 and 3 tyres of the left hand main gear while landing on runway 27 at 18:24 (12:54Z) in heavy monsoon rains.

Since the aircraft was heavily loaded, it was stopped on taxiway N8 and passengers were disembarked normally by stairs and taken by bus to the terminal. The plane was towed to the terminal. The main runway 27 was shut down at 18:30 (13:00Z) till 19:06 (13:36Z) while the airport workers checked and collected debris.

Being a peak hour, a number of flights would have been diverted if they had insufficient fuel to remain in a holding patten. We would estimate around 10 flights.

METARS
VABB 041240Z 26008KT 0300 R27/0570 +RA SCT008 SCT015 FEW025TCU OVC080 25/25 Q0999 NOSIG
VABB 041410Z 21010KT 0300 R27/0900 +RA SCT008 SCT012 FEW025TCU OVC080 25/25 Q1000 NOSIG

Earlier weather forced Cathay Pacific flight CX-685 from Hong Kong to Mumbai to perform a “go-around” and land safely at 18:03 local as well as a Kingfisher Airlines flight IT-2138 from Thiruvananthapuram to Mumbai which landed safely just before the runway was shut down.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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