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Mumbai airport's main runway may reopen by 5pm

Mumbai Airport's main runway will remain shut at least till noon today as the Turkish plane that skidded off the taxiway a day earlier remained stuck in mud, an official said.

mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2011 14:57 IST

The main runway of the international airport in Mumbai remained shut for the second day on Saturday as incessant rains hampered the towing away of the Turkish Airline plane stuck in mud near the taxiway.

Officials hoped that the main runway would become functional by 5pm.

"Continuous rain in the airport area has made the ground near the main runway more slushy, preventing movement of equipment for towing away the stranded plane," Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) spokesperson said.

The aircraft from Istanbul, with 104 passengers and crew on board, skidded off the taxiway in the wee hours on Friday. The landing gear of the Airbus 340-300 got stuck in the mud near the runway, disrupting flight operations.

The arrival and departure of flights from the second runway was getting delayed by around 30 minutes.

Earlier, the airport authorities had said that the main runway would be reopened for flights by noon.

First Published: Sep 03, 2011 10:29 IST