100 fliers held up for 13 hours owing to rain

  • Soubhik Mitra
  • Updated: May 25, 2016 06:25 IST

MUMBAI: More than a 100 Delhibound fliers who left Mumbai in a 12.40pm Indigo Airline flight on Monday were held up for 13 hours, finally reaching in the wee hours of Tuesday after sudden rain held up flights at the Indira Gandhi International airport in the capital.

“IndiGo Flight 6E 168(Mumbai –Delhi) experienced severe turbulence and high surface winds on approach to Delhi. The scheduled time of departure from Mumbai was 12.40pm and scheduled landing, at 2.50pm in Delhi,” said the spokesperson.

The flight was one of two from Mumbai and about 36 capitalbound flights were forced to wait at nearby airports.

An Indigo spokesperson confirmed that the flight was carrying extra fuel to budget for the circling time above Delhi but after hovering for 45-50 minutes, it decided to make a forced landing at Jaipur, where it landed at 4.14 pm.

By 7.30pm, the flight crew’s permitted duty time expired, extending the wait for 123 passengers on board.

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