The unexpected showers in Bengaluru also forced the diversion of seven flights and delayed 21 others.

SpiceJet aircraft hits runway lights at Bengaluru airport no injuries reportedBy Venkat Mangudi via Wikimedia Commons
news News Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 08:25

A SpiceJet aircraft hit the runway lights after landing at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, late on Friday night, which led to the runway being shut for nearly 40 minutes, an official said on Saturday.

"SpiceJet aircraft SG 1238 from Hyderabad after landing and taxiing damage three runway lights, due to which runway was closed from 10:47 pm to 11:28 pm (on late Friday night)," a Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL) official said in a statement.

"During landing roll, the aircraft veered off to the left and was aligned to the central line by the pilot. It taxied normally to the bay. However, runway lights got damaged," a SpiceJet Spokespeson said in a statement.

There were, however, no reported injuries to the passengers or damages to the aircraft.

During the course of the runway's closure, 10 flights were diverted from the airport -- eight to Chennai, one each to Tiruchirapalli and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, the statement said.

While the reason for the aircraft veering to the left is not mentioned, the incident occurred even as unseasonal rains lashed Bengaluru, inundating streets and throwing traffic out of gear on Friday evening.

Moderate to heavy rains were forecasted all over Bengaluru for Friday night while authorities have also been issued a flood alert.

Traffic policemen took to the streets wearing raincoats to manage the worsening traffic.

Power outages were also reported from various parts of the city, however power was restored in many places.

The unexpected showers also forced the diversion of seven flights and delayed 21 others as the Bengaluru International Airport faced a shutdown for 39 minutes between 6:57 pm and 7:35 pm. Six flights were diverted to Chennai while 1 was diverted to Kochi.   


IANS inputs


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