The main runway at Mumbai airport was shut last night after a SpiceJet flight skid and overshot the main runway while landing at the airport amidst heavy rains. ANI reported that around 54 flights have been diverted to nearby airports.
"A SpiceJet flight SG6237, which was coming from Jaipur to Mumbai, skid and overshot the main runway at around 11.45 pm on Monday night," sources told PTI. However, none of the passengers were injured.
Currently, a secondary runway is in operation at the Mumbai airport after the incident. Many subsequent flights have been diverted to other airports such as Ahmedabad and Bengaluru, the sources said.
A Korean Air flight KE655 which was coming from Seoul to Mumbai has been diverted to Ahmedabad due to the incident and bad weather conditions," the sources said.
Similarly, a Lufthansa flight LH756, which was coming from Frankfurt, and an Air India flight AI331, which was coming from Bangkok had to be diverted to other airports, the sources said.
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday said that only emergency services will remain functional in Mumbai due to the incessant rains that has affected the road traffic and railways in the city.
Authorities have also advised people to avoid stepping out of their homes as the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains.
At least 12 people were killed and six others injured after a compound wall collapsed in Malad area here on Tuesday due to heavy rains, NDRF officials said.
"Our team of National Disaster Response Force along with sniffer dog reached the site of the incident immediately after receiving the information. Besides, a team of fire brigade and local police also reached the spot and took the control of the situation," a senior NDRF official said.
(With inputs from PTI)