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KLM Pilot Flies Around India Searching for Airport

The pilot on a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Hyderabad, India, spent several hours trying to find a place to land because he was never told that a new airport had opened that day in Hyderabad.  Upon approach to Hyderabad’s old airport, he was told that the facility was closed and flew to Delhi to land the aircraft.  Delhi’s air traffic control would not let him land, so he continued on to Mumbai.

KLM had never been told that the old facility had been shuttered and, to the pilot’s credit, he was a bit leery about landing at the new airport, as he was never told that there was a new airport (imagine flying into Newark only to be told that Newark is closed and that there is a new Newark airport…see?)

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