The plane was a Learjet 45 – a nine-seater super-light business jet produced by a division of Canada-based Bombardier Aviation.
Mumbai: A private plane skid off the runway and crashed while trying to land amid heavy rain at Mumbai airport on Thursday evening. All eight on board – five passengers and three crew (a pilot, a co-pilot and a flight attendant) – have been hospitalised, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation told news agency ANI. The extent of injuries is unknown but no casualties have been reported so far.
The runway has been cleared of debris and normal operations have resumed – post safety checks and clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The runway was closed briefly and five Vistara Airlines flights were diverted.
The diverted flights are UK622 (from Varanasi) and UK124 (from Bangkok) and UK933 (from Delhi), UK518 (from Kochi), and UK865 (from Dehradun). The first two have been diverted to Hyderabad and the three latter flights have been sent to Goa.
The incident took place near Mumbai airport’s Runway 27, which was slippery because of the rain. Visibility was reportedly around 700 metres at the time.