Singapore A359 at Mumbai on Dec 4th 2017, go around on final approach portrayed as approach to wrong airport

Last Update: December 4, 2017 / 14:39:48 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 4, 2017

Classification
News

Flight number
SQ-422

Destination
Mumbai, India

Aircraft Registration
9V-SMH

Aircraft Type
Airbus A350-900

ICAO Type Designator
A359

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900, registration 9V-SMH performing flight SQ-422 from Singapore (Singapore) to Mumbai (India), was cleared for the approach to Mumbai International Airport's runway 09 and was descending through about 1000 feet MSL when the crew initiated a go around, positioned for another approach to runway 09 of the International Airport and landed safely on that runway about 18 minutes later.

The airline reported: "Singapore Airlines SQ422, an Airbus A350, operating from Singapore to Mumbai on 04 December, was scheduled to land on Runway 09 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 1035hrs (local time). 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."

India's Media as well as several European aviation media reported that the aircraft was on final approach to Juhu Airport's runway 08 instead of International Airport's runway 09. As can be seen from the flight trajectory below, during the climb in the go around the aircraft went north of the approach track for International Airport's runway 09 seemingly giving support to the idea of the aircraft aiming for Juhu Airport.

The aircraft departed for the return flight SQ-421 with a delay of 35 minutes.

Metars:
VABB 040600Z 10007KT 2500 FU FEW020 BKN100 31/17 Q1010 NOSIG=
VABB 040530Z 09008KT 2500 FU FEW020 BKN100 30/17 Q1010 NOSIG=
VABB 040500Z 12005KT 2500 FU FEW020 BKN100 30/17 Q1011 NOSIG=
VABB 040430Z 10007KT 2500 FU FEW020 BKN100 30/18 Q1011 NOSIG=
VABB 040400Z 08006KT 2200 FU FEW020 BKN100 29/17 Q1011 NOSIG=
VABB 040330Z 08007KT 2200 FU FEW020 BKN100 28/17 Q1011 TEMPO 1500 FU=
VABB 040300Z 09006KT 2200 FU BKN100 28/17 Q1011 NOSIG=
VABB 040230Z 09005KT 2500 FU SCT100 27/17 Q1010 NOSIG=
VABB 040200Z 08006KT 2500 FU SCT100 27/17 Q1009 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 4, 2017

Classification
News

Flight number
SQ-422

Destination
Mumbai, India

Aircraft Registration
9V-SMH

Aircraft Type
Airbus A350-900

ICAO Type Designator
A359

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