A Private Jet crashes while landing at Mumbai Airport

A Bombardier Learjet 45, with eight people on board, skidded off the runway while landing at Mumbai Airport today. The aircraft broke into pieces, but no casualties have been reported. The incident occurred at 5:04 PM.

Aircraft skid off while landing at Mumbai

The Learjet 45, operated by VSR Aviation and registered with tail number VT-DBL, got off the runway after operating a flight between Vizag (Vishakhapatnam) and Mumbai at taxiway W. It landed in Mumbai during heavy rains and caught fire. It was arriving at runway 27 end of runway 09/27. Here are some images from the site of the accident.

a group of people standing around an airplane that crashed a man standing next to a plane a plane crashed on the runway a group of yellow cars parked on a runway

The aircraft was carrying six passengers and two crew members. Here is an image from FlightRadar24’s app around the time the landing happened and how it missed the runway altogether.

an aerial view of an airport

After this incident, you can see some of the planes put in a holding pattern trying to land in Mumbai. Mumbai airport is scheduled to handle 150 arrival flights and 141 departure flights between 5 pm and midnight today, according to Cirium.

a screenshot of a map with planes

The aviation regulator issued a statement,

VSR Ventures Learjet 45 aircraft VT-DBL operating flight from Visakhapatnam to Mumbai was involved in runway excursion (veer off) while landing on runway 27 at Mumbai airport. There were 6 passengers and 2 crew members on board. Visibility was 700m with heavy rain.

A video that surfaced, however, shows the different version of events where the aircraft seems to have directly gone into the taxiway, perhaps, rather than landing on the runway.

The airport has advised people to check on the status of their flights before they depart for the airport. However, at about 6:47 PM IST, the airport resumed the use of the primary runway after DGCA and ATC clearance.


A private jet, a Learjet 45, registered as VT-DBL, landed in rough weather in Mumbai and broke up into pieces on arrival. The aircraft had eight people on board, including two crew and six passengers, and no casualties have been reported so far. The airport operations were on hold, but the primary runway was pressed into service again after an inspection.

This story will be updated with more details as they are made available.

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