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Heavy Rains Cause Closure of Chennai Airport, Possible Aircraft Write-offs

Heavy Rains Cause Closure of Chennai Airport, Possible Aircraft Write-offs

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Torrential rains in Chennai over the past few days have left the airport flooded and closed through at least 6 December. Over two dozen aircraft are currently stranded at the airport, ranging from small private jets to a Boeing 747-400 freighter. Judging from photos posted on social media, at least 2 of the aircraft on the ground may not be leaving anytime soon.


According to Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) issued by the airport authority, flooding has affected many systems that rely on electrical power at the airport, including VOR/DME, ILS, and radio communications. The main factor keeping the airport closed, however, is the fact that the ramp, taxiways, and runways all remain under water.

Aircraft Grounded in Chennai

Below is a list of aircraft confirmed grounded in Chennai based on our tracking. Other aircraft are also on the ground but may not have been tracked by us or were tracked via MLAT with incomplete route information. The table may be sorted by arrival time, aircraft type, registration, or airline.

Arrival timeRegistrationTypeAirline 
2015-12-01 20:03 A4O-BDBoeing 737-8Q8Oman Air
2015-12-01 19:18 VT-PPJAirbus A321-211Air India
2015-12-01 19:13 VT-SLDBoeing 737-9GJ(ER)SpiceJet
2015-12-01 18:32 VT-JGQBoeing 737-85RJet Airways
2015-12-01 18:28 VT-SFMEmbraer EMB-500 Phenom 100Private owner
2015-12-01 18:25 VT-IAOAirbus A320-232IndiGo
2015-12-01 18:19 9V-SFQBoeing 747-412F (SCD)Singapore Airlines Cargo
2015-12-01 18:03 VT-JBEBoeing 737-85RJet Airways
2015-12-01 17:50 VT-JTBBoeing 737-85RJet Airways
2015-12-01 17:33 VT-SCSAirbus A319-112Air India
2015-12-01 17:26 VT-SZKBoeing 737-8GJSpiceJet (With All Our Heart Livery)
2015-12-01 16:54 VT-JFHBoeing 737-8ALJet Airways
2015-12-01 16:25 VT-IFEAirbus A320-232IndiGo
2015-12-01 15:59 VT-PPOAirbus A321-211Air India
2015-12-01 15:43 VT-EDFAirbus A320-214Air India
2015-12-01 14:54 VT-AXIBoeing 737-8HGAir India Express
2015-12-01 14:32 VT-JBSBoeing 737-85RJet Airways
2015-12-01 10:13 VT-BDOBoeing 757-204(PCF)Blue Dart Aviation
2015-11-30 06:17 VT-SNGBombardier Global 6000Private owner
2015-11-28 14:09 VT-AJIEmbraer EMB500 Phenom 100Private owner
2015-11-24 09:01 VT-TSKEmbraer EMB-500 Phenom 100Private owner

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