What is worse is that the happening was neither recorded in the logbooks nor was it said by the Airports Authority of India to the country’s aviation regulator, both of which are required.
Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru
A mid-air collision concerning two Indigo domestic passenger flights was just averted at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) just. What is worse is that the happening was neither recorded in the logbooks nor was it reported by the Airports Authority of India to the country’s aviation regulator, both of which are required.
It was the lack of communication among controllers at the Air Traffic Control room that was responsible for the incident that occurred around 8.45 am on January 7.
Director-General Arun Kumar said
DGCA Director-General Arun Kumar said that Flight No. 6E 455 heading from Bengaluru to Kolkata and Flight No. 6E 246 on the way from Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar were affected in a ‘breach of separation’ at Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru.
- “Put just, this technical term refers to a situation where sufficient distance was not maintained between two flights either laterally or vertically which is an alarming situation,” explained a senior pilot. Kumar told both the North Runway (for departures) and South Runway (for arrivals) were in use at KIA on the morning of the incident.
“Later, the shift in-charge determined to go in for single runway operations and opted to create service of the North Runway for both arrivals and departures.
Flight to Bhubaneswar
As a result, he gave the green signal for the flight to Kolkata to depart, while the North Tower controller permitted the flight to Bhubaneswar to depart. There was no coordination between them,” he said.
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The aircraft departed at nearly the exact time and were coming to each other. “The approach radar control gave the command for diverging which averted a mid-air collision,” he explained. The incident has not been recorded in any of the logbooks nor has AAI informed about it, he said.
An aviation expert told a breach of separation incident could have serious consequences. “The effect can range from mild scratches to the flights to a head-on collision.
Many upgraded systems are in place to provide such incidents never happen but yet, they occur on and off,” he told. Indigo did not want to comment, while the airport operator, BIAL told they were not aware of the incident.
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Source: Indian Express