A Dubai-Mumbai Jet Airways flight with 110 passengers on board made a safe landing after being hit by a bird at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) runway on Tuesday evening.
At 4.29pm, the Jet Airways captain informed the ATC about the bird hit. The runway was temporarily shut for an inspection, resulting in four go-arounds (flights asked to abort landing mid-air). These flights included AI’s flight from Lucknow and Jet Airways’ flights from Kozhikode and Delhi between 4.30pm and 5.04pm.
Once the runway was cleared, around 5.04 pm, the captain of a GoAir flight from Chandigarh also reported a suspected bird hit. But runway inspection revealed it was a feather, said an airport official.
The Jet Airways aircraft, however, survived without any damage. “The captain of Jet Airways flight 9W 541 from Dubai to Mumbai reported a bird hit while landing. A thorough inspection of the aircraft was carried out and no damage was reported,” said the Jet Airways spokesperson.
Following the bird scares, around five flights were diverted from Mumbai airport due to traffic congestion at the airport, said MIAL officials.
Four Indigo flights were diverted to Ahmedabad and a JetAirways flight was diverted to Vadodara airports.