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Bengaluru: Narrow escape for 2 IndiGo planes, mid-air collision averted, Inquiry on

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Two IndiGo flights that took off from Bengaluru airport came face-to-face in the sky earlier this month, however, a mid-air collision was narrowly avoided at an altitude of over 3,000 feet in the city, said media report citing that the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched a probe into the same.

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Two domestic IndiGo flights — one from Bengaluru to Kolkata and one from Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar, took off at the same time, from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport on January 7, and according to reports, the safety breach came to light only recently. The two flights carried 176 passengers and six crew, while the Bengaluru-Bhubaneswar flight carried 238 passengers and six crew – a total of 426 passengers.

The incident was not logged in any logbook and it was not reported by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) either, they said.

Meanwhile, DGCA chief Arun Kumar told media that the regulator is investigating the incident “and shall take strictest action against those found delinquent”.

Officials of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that the two IndiGo planes – 6E455 (Bengaluru to Kolkata) and 6E246 (Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar) – were involved in ‘breach of separation’ at Bengaluru airport.

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Breach of separation happens when two aircraft cross the minimum mandatory vertical or horizontal distance in an airspace.

Both these aircraft departed from the Bengaluru airport within a span of approximately 5 minutes on the morning of January 9, the officials mentioned.

“Both aircraft after departure were on converging heading i.e. moving towards each other. Approach radar controller gave diverging heading and avoided mid-air collision,” one of the officials noted.

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