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Hyderabad-bound Dutch flight lands in Mumbai!

india Updated: Mar 24, 2008 18:16 IST

Dutch carrier - a KLM airlines flight from Amsterdam, which was supposed to land at the newly opened Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, landed in Mumbai instead creating confusion among passengers and waiting relatives at the airport here.

The KLM flight could not follow the ATC directions to land at the airport here and instead landed in Mumbai yesterday, airport authorities said.

The error occurred as the pilot of the flight could not understand the new parlance issued to all the airlines by the Aviation Ministry for landing at the new airport and was also ignorant of the new runway and flew the aircraft to Delhi where he was not allowed to land due to lack of space, following which the flight came to Mumbai.

Meanwhile, the relatives of the passengers, who were not informed about this development by the airline staff, left everyone in panic.

"The GMR which manned the airport was not even aware of the aircraft movement and there were no basic facilities available to us like drinking water and seating arrangement," a relative said.

The airport sources said that the flight which was to land at Hyderabad airport at 01.45 am on Sunday, with 230 passengers however, could not land due to communication gap.

On reaching Mumbai, the KLM pilot refused to flyback to Hyderabad immediately as he was not supposed to fly beyond the stipulated hours and all the passengers were put up in hotels.

The same flight after a full day stay in Mumbai on Sunday, landed at new airport here early today at 0115 hrs and took off at 0245 hrs for Amsterdam, a KLM source said.

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