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Three international flights escape mid-air collision, AAIB to summon pilots

The collisions between the three airlines - Dutch carrier KLM, Taiwan's Eva Air, and US-based National Airlines were averted on December 23

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

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The (AAIB) will be summoning pilots of three international flights that narrowly escaped mid-air collision in the flight information region, sources in said on Friday.

The collisions between the three airlines - Dutch carrier KLM, Taiwan's Eva Air, and US-based Airlines were averted on December 23 following multiple auto-generated warnings by the Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The three foreign airlines were flying almost at the same level which is a clear violation of mandatory separation. The US Airlines from to Hong Kong was flying at 31,000 feet, the Amsterdam-Bangkok plane at 32,000 feet and Vienna-bound Dutch at 33,000 feet.

As per the of Civil Aviation's (DDGA) Aircraft (Investigation of Accidents and Incidents) Rules 2017, the is empowered to summon the pilots of foreign airlines for investigation.

These rules "extend to the whole of and apply to, and to the persons on, aircraft registered outside India," the rules say, adding that the rules also apply to an aircraft operated by a person who is not a citizen of but has his principal place of business or permanent residence of

Sources in said that the bureau has the power to call pilots of any foreign airlines in serious cases through Organisation (ICAO), an international body.

First Published: Sat, December 29 2018. 13:35 IST
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