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Mumbai flight wasn't provided details of diversion: Air Canada

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A city-bound Air flight from which was forced to fly to by the ATC due to a runway closure last month was not provided details of alternative aerodromes, the airline has claimed.

Flight AC046, a Boeing aircraft, carrying 191 passengers and crew on board, eventually landed safely in despite "fuel constraints", Air said.

The incident took place on September 19, the day airport's main runway was closed due to skidding off of a aircraft after landing.

Canadian transport regulator has raised the issue with the Indian aviation authorities.

"On approach, the aircraft was placed in a holding pattern by Indian air traffic authorities due to an unrelated airport ground incident, but the Indian controllers did not provide details to enable the crew to make an assessment on diverting to an alternative airport," Air spokesperson Angela Mah said in an e-mail statement to PTI.

Eventually the aircraft flew to Hyderabad, where it landed normally after obtaining priority to land due to "fuel constraints," the spokesperson said.

The runway closure had forced the International Airport Limited (MIAL) to cancel over 160 flights and divert another 60-odd aircraft to nearby airports including and Ahmedabad.

The spokesperson also said the regulator Transport Canada is reviewing the Mumbai airport delay with Indian authorities.

"Air Canada followed all correct procedures and it is now a matter for Indian and Canadian aviation authorities," the spokesperson said.

An Air Traffic Control (ATC) official here, however, said the aerodromes where the flights were being diverted were also choking and it was getting increasingly difficult to accommodate more and more flights.

"The ATC did everything that was required for a safe landing of the aircraft," the official said, when asked about Air Canada's claims.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, October 07 2017. 21:02 IST