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2 IndiGo Planes Took Off From Bengaluru, Collision Avoided: 10 Points

Two IndiGo flights had been concerned in a mid-air collision scare over Bengaluru airport

New Delhi:
A mid-air collision between two IndiGo flights was averted over Bengaluru airport after a radar controller noticed the upcoming hazard and took corrective actions, folks with direct information of the matter stated.

Here’s your 10-point cheatsheet to this massive story:

  1. The “breach of separation” was not reported to the Airports Authority of India, or AAI, sources stated, quoting a preliminary report by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, or DGCA.

  2. “Breach of separation” occurs when two plane cross the minimal necessary vertical or horizontal distance in an airspace.

  3. Two IndiGo flights – 6E 455 going from Bengaluru to Kolkata, and 6E 246 going from Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar – had been concerned within the scare, sources stated.

  4. Bengaluru airport operates two runways – north and south. On January 9 morning, flights had been taking off from the north runway and touchdown on the south runway, the DGCA’s preliminary report stated.

  5. A shift in-charge of runway operations determined to make use of a single runway, the north one, for each landings and take-offs, sources stated.

  6. The south runway was then closed, however it was not advised to the south tower controller.

  7. The south tower controller allowed the flight going to Bengaluru to take off. At the identical time, the north tower controller additionally gave permission to the flight going to Bhubaneshwar to depart.

  8. The clearances by the south and north tower controllers got with out coordination, the DGCA’s preliminary report stated.

  9. “As both aircraft after departure were on converging heading i.e. moving towards each other, an approach radar controller gave diverging heading and avoided a mid-air collision,” the report stated.

  10. The matter was not recorded in any logbook and never reported to the AAI. “We are investigating and will take strict action against those responsible,” an official aware of the matter advised NDTV.

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