Several flights were diverted on Thursday due to a VSR Ventures Learjet 45 aircraft (VT-DBL) veering off the runway while landing at Mumbai airport (runway 27) on a flight from Visakhapatnam to Mumbai.
The runway was temporarily closed but reopened after safety checks and DGCA clearance. Delays ensued at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA).
Two Vistara and one Akasa Airlines flight were redirected to Bangalore airport, while an Air India flight from Dubai was diverted to Ahmedabad. Additionally, a Vistara flight from Dehradun to Mumbai was diverted to Goa Airport.
Five aircraft landed at Surat airport, with two still in the airspace. CSMIA confirmed it wasn’t a crash but a runway excursion.
The DGCA reported six passengers and two crew members on board, with three individuals sustaining injuries and receiving medical attention.