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Varanasi airport ATC prevents 2 aircraft from coming on collision course

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An alert ATC today prevented two aircraft from coming on a collision course at the runway, following which one of the airlines grounded two of its pilots.

Two pilots operating a to flight this morning have been grounded, confirmed a of the

The incident occurred when an IndiGo aircraft with 178 passengers onboard was about to take off for The ATC had asked the flight to remain at the holding point till the IndiGo plane took off, sources said.

However, according to the spokesperson, the aircraft while taxing to the runway "inadvertently" crossed the runway holding point.

Noticing the incursion, the ATC immediately alerted the IndiGo plane, which aborted take off, the sources said.

The matter has been referred to the of Civil (DGCA), IndiGo said.

"IndiGo aircraft VT-IHS operating 3175 (-Mumbai) in spite of having ATC clearance had to abort the takeoff at a low speed because the aircraft of another carrier came on the runway.

"IndiGo cockpit crew followed standard operating procedures in compliance with the ATC instructions. IndiGo has voluntarily reported the matter to the DGCA," the said in a statement.

SpiceJet, in a statement, said, "On 12th June 2018, SpiceJet 737 800 aircraft VT-SGH was scheduled to operate SG-705 , sector Varanasi- At Varanasi while taxing to the runway the aircraft inadvertently crossed the runway holding point."

"The ATC asked the pilot to hold position and later cleared it for take off," SpiceJet said.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 23:55 IST