India 2 IndiGo planes narrowly avoid collision in Bengaluru airspace

15:25  12 july  2018
15:25  12 july  2018 Source:   indiatoday.in

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

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Two IndiGo planes came dangerously close to colliding in the airspace above Bengaluru on Tuesday, sources said. They said the two planes, 6E 779 (Coimbatore-Hyderabad) and 6E 6505 (Bengaluru-Kochi), were hardly 4 miles from each other, and were separated by a vertical distance of 200 feet

The aircraft were seconds away from a crash, they said. "The TCAS-Resolution Advisory system was triggered on two of our aircraft operating Coimbatore-Hyderabad and Bangalore-Cochin routes respectively on July 10, 2018," IndiGo said in a statement.

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A mid- air disaster was averted last week when an IndiGo plane which was on a collision course with an Indian Air Force (IAF) in Chennai airspace steered away to safety following an auto-generated warning, a source said.

" IndiGo aircraft VT-ITW operating on the Visakhapatnam- Bengaluru route and an Indian Air Force jet were on a collision course as the two aircraft were at a distance of just 300 feet from each other. The planes were at an altitude of 24,000 feet in Chennai airspace . IndiGo Airbus A320 flight was on the

  2 IndiGo planes narrowly avoid collision in Bengaluru airspace © Thomson Reuters

TCAS stands for traffic collision avoidance system. When TCAS issues a warning, the pilot acts on it. If he or she doesn't, the system itself moves the plane.

"Following normal procedure, this has been reported to the regulator," IndiGo said.

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