DGCA orders probe into Jan 7 near miss involving two Indigo aircraft


Bengaluru: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated a probe into the near-miss that took place at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport on January 7.

Two IndiGo flights that took off from the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on January 7 had come close to colliding with each other mid-air while taking off, revealed chief of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Arun Kumar.

Kumar said the flights involved in the incident were 6E 455 departing for Kolkata and 6E 246 for Bhubaneswar. Luckily, all the passengers and the crew were safe as the radar controller spotted the error and alerted the pilots in both the flight decks immediately.

“Post the alleged safety breach, an investigation was launched by the DGCA,” said a senior official with the regulator on Wednesday.

Under safety regulations, aircrafts in Indian air space must maintain a distance of 5 nautical miles between them.



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