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Smog caused by Bhogi bonfire disrupts flight services in Chennai Smog caused by Bhogi bonfire disrupts flight services in Chennai

Jan-14-2015 | 0 Comments


CHENNAI: Smog triggered by burning of Bhogi bonfires disrupted flight operations at the Chennai airport for more than an hour after visibility dipped to 50 metres on Wednesday morning.

An Oman Air flight from Muscat scheduled to land at 6.20am was diverted to Bengaluru and a Saudi Arabian airlines flight from Dammam scheduled to arrive at 7.05am was diverted to Hyderabad.

Around 10 arrivals and 11 departures had been delayed for more than one and a half hours.

The return flight to Dammam has been scheduled after 12pm.

Visibility was low from 6.40am to 8.30am and improved to 1,000 metres by 9am.

"This was caused by burning of waste for Bhogi. Fumes mixed with mild mist caused the smog," said a met department official.

The airport requires 500 metres visibility for operations.

Flights from Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Dubai, Colombo, Ahmedabad and Kolkata scheduled to arrive between 6.20am and 8.30am were delayed and landed after 9am.

"As incoming flights were delayed, departures too were delayed by more than two hours. Flights scheduled to leave between 8.25am and 10am departed only after 10am," said an airport official.

Indigo Airlines flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru, which were scheduled between 8.30am and 10am, were delayed by more than an hour while SpiceJet flights to Madurai, Bengaluru and Coimbatore and an Air India flight to Delhi were also delayed.

People lit bonfires in neighbourhoods near the airport though Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has been creating awareness among residents against the practice.

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