This morning’s Singapore Airlines Singapore – Mumbai flight SQ422 initiated a go around as it attempted to land and there are two competing explanations for what happened.
The Airbus A350 was cleared for approach into Mumbai’s international airport using runway 9. As it descended through 1000 feet they called off the landing, went around and tried it again touching down after 18 minutes.
Singapore Airlines blames poor visibility for the need to go around,
Singapore Airlines flight SQ422, operating from Singapore to Mumbai on December 4, was scheduled to land on runway 09 at CSIA at 1035 hrs. Due to poor visibility conditions, the crew discontinued the approach to runway 09 at approximately 1,000 feet, in accordance with standard operating procedures.
‘Poor visibility’ could also explain what air traffic control sources suggest — and what’s been reportedly broadly in the media — that the flight was actually on final approach to runway 8 at Juhu airport, a general aviation facility in the Mumbai suburbs.
Runway 8 is the longer of the two runways at Juhu airport at just 3750 feet. While the A350 does well on short runways, I don’t see how it could land with 245 passengers and 14 crew on a runway that’s less than 5000 feet. And then it would somehow need to take off again!
Singapore Airlines A350
Aviation Herald sides with the wrong airport theory because “during the climb in the go around the aircraft went north of the approach track for International Airport’s runway 09..”
Singapore Airlines maintains that “at no time did the pilots of SQ 422 mistake Juhu airport as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.”