September 5th, 2011
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Mumbai airport reopens

turkishMumbai: The main runway of the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was reopened on Monday, after remaining shut for four days. A team of engineers towed away the Turkish Airways’ Airbus 340 aircraft, which had skidded off the rapid exit taxiway N8 and got stuck in the mud, airport officials said.

The airport spokesperson told,“The Turkish Airways’ plane TK-740 was towed away at 1:17 am. The runway has been “handed over” to ATC at 6:51 am for operation, he added.The plane was taken to the Air India hanger for repair. The Airbus was grounded off the main runway around 150 m from rapid exit taxiway N8. A combined team of engineers from Larsen and Toubro, MIAL, Air India as well as Turkish Airlines were working together with 200 labourers in shifts since Friday.

A Turkish plane TK-720 from Istanbul to Mumbai with 97 passengers and crew on board skidded off the runway at the Mumbai Airport early Friday. All the passengers and crew on board were reported to be are safe. However, due to closure of the runway several fights were cancelled and many were diverted creating inconvenience to the passengers.

 

 

 



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