Runway reopens after Turkish Airlines plane gets stuck in the mud at Mumbai airport

The plane skidded off the main runway on Friday, forcing a number of cancellations and diversions.

Runway reopens after Turkish Airlines plane gets stuck in the mud at Mumbai airport

Not going anywhere: workers try to clear the Turkish Airlines plane from the mud at the weekend, after it skidded off the runway.

The main runway at one of India’s busiest airports has been reopened, three days after a Turkish Airlines plane skidded off the runway and ran aground in the mud.

Flight TK-720 from Istanbul touched down at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on Friday and veered off course while making a turn from the main runway onto the taxiway, lodging its front wheels into the ground and partially blocking the runway.

None of the 104 passengers and crew were injured in Friday’s incident, which closed the runway and caused a number of diversions and cancellations at the weekend.

Airport operator MIAL said staff had worked through the weekend to clear the plane from the mud.

Engineers towed the A340 jet away on Monday and the runway was cleared for operations in the early hours of Monday morning (local time).

In a press statement, Turkish Airlines blamed the skidding incident on “excessive rainfall.”

India’s civil aviation regulator and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is investigating the incident.

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