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Two IndiGo planes avert mid-air collision over Bengaluru

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai/Bengaluru 

Nearly 330 passengers had a narrow escape after two planes averted a mid-air collision over the airspace on Tuesday, prompting authorities to launch a probe into the incident, industry sources said.

The aircraft involved in the incident were operating on Coimbatore-and Bangalore-routes.

Spokespersons of as well as the International Airport Limited (BIAL) confirmed the incident.

The Hyderabad-bound plane had 162 passengers while the other aircraft was carrying 166 passengers.

Sources told that the vertical separation between the two aircraft was only about 200 feet and a mid-air collision was averted after the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) alarms went off.

Sources said (AAIB) has started an investigation into the incident that happened on July 10.

"The TCAS-Resolution Advisory system was triggered on two of our aircraft operating Coimbatore-and Bangalore-routes, respectively, on July 10, 2018.

"Following normal procedure this has been reported to the regulator," the said in a statement.

In a statement issued in Bengaluru, the BIAL said an incident involving two aircraft operated by Airlines occurred in South Indian airspace on July 10 some distance away from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.

"The aircraft were routing Coimbatore-and Bangalore-respectively at an altitude in excess of 27,000 ft.

Pilots on board both aircraft were alerted to the presence of the other by and, subsequently reported the occurrence to the DGCA in accordance with standard operating procedures," the added.

The of Civil (DGCA) is the regulator.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 19:00 IST
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