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Mid-Air Collision Of 2 Indigo Flights Averted Over Bengaluru Airport

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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New Delhi: Two IndiGo planes averted mid-air collision over the Bengaluru airport just after their take-off on the morning of January 9, senior officials of aviation regulator DGCA said on Wednesday.

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 said that the regulator is investigating the incident “and shall take the strictest action against those found delinquent”, reported PTI.

IndiGo and the AAI, however, has not respond on the matter.

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

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

Both these aircraft departed from the Bengaluru airport within a span of approximately five 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. 

The Indigo flights reportedly had hundreds of passengers on board.

The report suggested that the two planes took off for their designated destinations and had an instant face-off in mid-air at an altitude of over 3000 feet in the skies over Bengaluru.

According to the reports, the Bengaluru-Kolkata flight carried 176 passengers and six crew, while the Bengaluru-Bhubaneswar flight carried 238 passengers and six crew, a total of 426 passengers.

(With inputs from PTI)

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