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Singapore Airlines Mumbai go-around: DGCA writes to Singapore Aviation Authority

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New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is writing to its counterpart in Singapore over the crew of a Mumbai-bound Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight allegedly mistaking the Juhu Airport for the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).

Luckily after deviating towards Juhu, the crew of SQ 422 on Monday (December 4) went around and then landed safely at CSIA in the second attempt.
“We are reporting to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) this occurrence in which the SIA plane drifted from its assigned flight path. While not too much, there was some deviation which will be reported to Singapore authorities. The aircraft was making a visual approach to CSIA as instrument landing was not available at that time,” said a senior DGCA official.
On its part, however, SIA denied that the crew of SQ 422 had mistaken Juhu for CSIA. “Singapore Airlines SQ422, an Airbus A350, operating from Singapore to Mumbai on December 4, 2017, was scheduled to land on Runway 09 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 10.35 am (local time). Due to poor visibility conditions, the crew discontinued the approach to Runway 09 at approximately 1000 feet, in accordance with standard operating procedures. Air Traffic Control Mumbai then vectored the flight for a subsequent approach onto Runway 09 and the flight landed uneventfully at 10.48 am (local time). At no time did the pilots of SQ 422 mistake Juhu airport as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport,” said a SIA Spokesperson.

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