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Near miss for 2 IndiGo planes over Bengaluru  4 Months ago

Source:   Times Of India  

NEW DELHI: Three aircraft of IndiGo have had close shaves due to breach of separation since Tuesday.

In the first case, two flights of IndiGo with over 340 people onboard narrowly averted a mid-air collision in Bengaluru airspace on Tuesday night, in the latest of a growing incidence of planes getting dangerously close. Meanwhile, on Thursday, an IndiGo flight winging its way from Hyderabad to Lucknow (6E 732) and an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah to Chittagong (G9 521) also reportedly had a breach of separation near Jabalpur.

The near miss of two IndiGo flights was reportedly more serious in nature. The “traffic collision avoidance systems” (TCAS) equipment on these two Airbus A-320s got activated, after which the pilots pulled the planes apart and averted a disaster.

“The TCAS-resolution advisory system was triggered on two of our aircraft operating Coimbatore-Hyderabad and Bangalore-Cochin routes, respectively, on July 10, 2018… this has been reported to the regulator (Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA),” IndiGo said in a statement.

According to sources, the two IndiGo planes were vertically about 200 feet and horizontally about 4 km away from each, while the minimum vertical separation is required to be 1,000 feet below FL 29,000 feet and 2000 feet above that level.

“There was a third aircraft at a lower altitude safely apart at the minimum distance required from both the planes. Due to this, the RA to the two IndiGo flights could not ask one to descend and the other to ascend...,” said a source.

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