On Thursday, the DGCA issued four showcause notices to SpiceJet, which had five landing-related incidents between Sunday and Tuesday, after finding “a number of deficiencies” during an unplanned surveillance of the airline.
The SpiceJet aircraft recovery will move into Day 4 on Friday. A notice issued by Mumbai air traffic control said the main runway will not be available till Friday midnight. The last time such a long closure occurred was in October 2005 when a Boeing aircraft belonging to now-defunct Air Sahara went off the main runway and was removed only after four days. Back then, the airport handled an average of only 300 flights/day.