Mumbai airport's main runway, closed since Monday night after plane got stuck, resumes operations
Mumbai Airport said its main runway, which was closed since Monday night after a SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft got stuck between the main runway and grass area after skidding off on arrival in here, resumed operations on Friday.
On Thursday, the plane was pulled back to the runway, paving the way for full-fledged operations at the aerodrome, officials said. The country's second busiest airport has been carrying out flight operations from the secondary runway, which has a capacity to handle only up to 35 aircraft movement per hour as against upto 48 of the main runway.
A team of Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) had been carrying out the aircraft recovery work at the Mumbai airport since Tuesday afternoon.
"The disabled SpiceJet aircraft which was stuck in Runway 09/27 RESA has been pulled out on runway surface at 11.10 PM," a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson said on Friday.
The Runway End Surface Area (RESA) is an extended area at the end of the runway to limit an aircraft in the eventuality a runway over shoots.The spokesperson, however, did not share other details such as timeline for resumption of operations from the main runway.
A city-bound SpiceJet flight from Jaipur carrying 167 passengers and crew overshot the runway at Mumbai airport Monday night after landing amid heavy rains, blocking it for traffic.
(With PTI inputs)