Nairobi-Mumbai flight lands in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:00 am

Nairobi-Mumbai flight lands in Ahmedabad

Heavy rain and bad weather in Mumbai forced a Nairobi- Mumbai flight to be diverted to Ahmedabad on Tuesday morning. The flight was later cleared to fly to Mumbai after 3.5 hours, said officials at Ahmedabad airport.The Kenya Airways flight number KQ-202 was enroute Mumbai from Nairobi. However, following bad weather in Mumbai, the flight was diverted to Ahmedabad early on Tuesday after Mumbai ATC did not approve its landing.There flight with 170 passengers landed at Ahmedabad airport around 4.30 am. The passengers were provided refreshments in the flight during its halt at Ahmedabad airport for 3.5 hours. The flight left for Mumbai at 7.30am after getting clearance.Snag delays flightMeanwhile, on Tuesday night, a Delhi-bound Indigo flight was delayed by around an hour owing to a technical snag that was detected by the pilot just before the flight was to take-off from Ahmedabad airport.The flight with 176 passengers was supposed to take-off from Ahmedabad airport at 8pm. But just before the take-off, the pilot sensed something was amiss. Upon checking a technical fault was found in the aircraft. Even as the aircraft was being checked, a Mumbai-Ahmedabad aircraft landed. The passengers of the Delhi flight were asked to board this aircraft and after an hour, the aircraft flew for Delhi.

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