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2 IndiGo planes avert mid-air collision just after take off over Bengaluru airport, probe on

FILE PHOTO: An IndiGo Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft takes off in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

On the morning of January 9, two IndiGo flights escaped a mid-air collision above the Bengaluru airport shortly after take-off, according to senior officials from the aviation regulator DGCA.

The news: According to them, the incident was not recorded in any logbooks and was not reported to the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

What they’re saying: Meanwhile, DGCA chairman Arun Kumar informed that the regulator is looking into the event and will “take the harshest measures against anybody found to be delinquent.”

  • The two IndiGo flights – 6E455 (Bengaluru to Kolkata) and 6E246 (Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar) – were involved in a ‘breach of separation’ at Bengaluru airport, according to officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • Breach of separation occurs when two aeroplanes in an airspace cross the minimum vertical or horizontal spacing required.
  • On the morning of January 9, both of these planes took off from Bengaluru airport in less than 5 minutes, according to officials.
  • “After taking off, both planes were on a converging course, meaning they were travelling in the same direction. The approach radar controller gave a diverging direction to avoid a collision in mid-air,” one of the officials made a remark.
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