Grounded US plane gets clearance, but won't take off today Grounded US plane gets clearance, but won't take off today The grounded US plane at the Mumbai airport will not take off on Sunday due to technical reasons. Hours after the US Marines were grounded, the US Consulate told NDTV they were in touch with officials to resolve the issue, which they described as a routine matter. The crew would stay on for a day in Mumbai due to rest requirement. Earlier on Sunday, the Indian Air Force gave clearance to the chartered plane carrying 205 US marines to take off, nearly six hours after it was grounded, reportedly for violating Indian airspace. The aircraft was travelling from Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Utapao in Thailand, and was asked to land because its 'call sign' was not registered. The plane had normal clearance from the DGCA, but not the Air Operations Routing (AOR) clearance that is the mandatory for planes carrying troops or military cargo. This is the second such violation by an American aircraft in four months. In June 2009, an AN-132 cargo plane carrying arms for US forces in Afghanistan was forced to land in Mumbai under similar circumstances. Hope the americans know the difference between taleban terrritory in pakistan and indian airspace.