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Vistara flight gets diverted to Lucknow due to bad weather, ends up with low fuel

Vistara flight gets diverted to Lucknow due to bad weather, ends up with low fuel
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By CNBC-TV18 Jul 17, 2019 10:17:19 AM IST (Updated)

A Mumbai-Delhi Vistara flight, which was diverted to Lucknow due to bad weather conditions, landed at the city airport with low fuel. The incident happened on Monday.

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The main reason behind the aircraft ending up in a low-fuel situation was the unexpected drop in visibility at the alternative destination, a Vistara spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the plane had carried excess fuel over and above the required flight plan fuel as per regulations.
The incident happened when flight UK944 initiated a diversion to Lucknow due to bad weather over Delhi. However, over Lucknow, the visibility suddenly dropped and a safe landing was not possible. The airline crew then considered alternative airfields, including Kanpur and Prayagraj. But, en route Prayagraj, the crew was informed that the weather in Lucknow had improved significantly following which it decided to return to Lucknow, the airline spokesperson said.
A person familiar with the matter told CNBC-TV18 that the airline carried more fuel than required by regulations. “It always does. But it is not in its control if destination and diversion airport both turn the aircraft away," he said, adding that if diversion airports had a better navigational, runway, and landing facilities, such things can be avoided. He spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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