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Fog disrupts early flights

Dense fog dislocated air traffic to and from Calcutta for the second day on Tuesday. No flights could be operated at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport till 8 am.

Eight flights of Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Alliance Air and Air Sahara, including those bound for Mumbai and New Delhi, were held up at the airport for one to two hours. Indian Airlines’ Mumbai flight was the first to leave the airport at 8.20 am.

Thai Airways’ flight from Bangkok, which failed to land due to poor visibility, was diverted to Dhaka, from where it returned at around 9 am.

Landing alert: All emergency units at the airport were kept on full alert on Tuesday, after the commander of a Royal Jordanian aircraft signalled that his craft had burst a tyre and may have to make an emergency landing. The flight from Amman to Calcutta via Mumbai, with 90 on board, landed safely at 12.30 pm.

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