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Major collision between international flights averted at Mumbai air space

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A between two international flights was averted at air space following the activation of traffic avoidance systems (TCAS).

An from the of said the incident was a result of the closure of Pakistan's airspace from February 27.

"After the closure of airspace, we are facing heavy scheduled and unscheduled flight in Indian airspace. Our ATC officials are capable to handle the situation but it was unfortunate that the incident happened. On Friday, a near miss averted at airspace," the AAI told ANI.

An flight AF-253 from (Vietnam) to and an flight EY-290 from to were passing through airspace due to Pakistani airspace closure. According to the airport authorities, the aircraft was flying at 32,000 feet while the Etihad flight was flying at the height of 31,000 feet.

The TCAS was activated and alerted authorities of a possible Immediately, an informed the Etihad flight's pilot to climb 33,000 feet to avoid the collision.

Last week, had extended the general closure of its airspace, making it the seventh time in a row.

The of Civil (DGCA) is investigating the matter.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 15:14 IST