The Mumbai-bound flight of Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 flew over the Arabian sea and as it came closer to Mumbai the pilots saw the Juhu airport and mistook it for Mumbai. But the error was detected before it could land. Then the aircraft changed its course and landed at the correct runway at Mumbai airport at around 10.30 a.m. today.
However, Singapore Airlines denied that the pilots mistook Juhu airport for Mumbai.
The airline statement read: “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 1048hrs (local time). At no time did the pilots of SQ 422 mistake Juhu airport as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.”
In the past there have been quite a few instances of mistaken landings, particularly in 1953 and 1972. In 1972 a Japan Airlines operated Douglas DC-8 landed at Juhu instead of Mumbai. The aircraft overran the end of the runway and was damaged beyond repair.