12/5/2017 3:39:50 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has denied Flight SQ422 to Mumbai tried to land at the wrong airport on December 4.
The Times of India reported the Airbus A350 was scheduled to land on Runway 9 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 10.35am (1.35pm, Singapore time) on December 4. But instead it deviated to the left and headed northwards for Juhu airport while over the Arabian Sea. Once overhead Juhu, however, the aircraft corrected its course and flew to Mumbai airport, where it landed safely in its second attempt, the newspaper added. The aircraft had 245 passengers and 14 crew members on board.
SIA denied that the Airbus pilots mistook the assigned runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for the nearby small Juhu airport, which has a shorter runway and is used by helicopters and small aircraft operators.
The airline said: “Due to poor visibility conditions, the crew discontinued the approach to runway 09 at approximately 1,000 feet, in accordance with standard operating procedures,” the airline said.
“The ATC (Air Traffic Control) Mumbai then vectored the flight for a subsequent approach onto runway 09 and the flight landed uneventfully at 1044 hours. At no time did the pilots of SQ 422 mistake Juhu airport as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport,” it said.
“Had the heavy twin-engine A350-900 jet touched down in Juhu, it would have sped off the end of the runway to crash,” The Times of India said.