A domestic flight had to abort take-off while four others were made to hover in the skies for more than 15 minutes after a dog strayed onto the runway at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) yesterday.
The flights were affected from 3.08 pm to 3.45 pm.
The flights had to wait in the skies for almost 15-20 minutes, sources said. Operations were suspended for around 40 minutes after which the dog was caught by the apron control team at around 3.40 pm.
“Jet Airways flight, which was ready to fly had to abort its take-off, while four other flights at Mumbai airport had to be suspended for a brief period today after a dog strayed onto the runway. Due to this, four flights were asked to do a go-around,” the sources said.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma had in December last year said that the Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) had taken several steps to ensure safety of aircraft from birds and wildlife.
The DGCA had in November ordered surveillance of 20 airports in the country after they were found prone to wildlife intrusion and bird strikes.
The surveillance was ordered to check the problem of wildlife intrusion and bird strikes as part of the aviation regulator’s safety programme.
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