New Delhi: Two IndiGo aircraft with 330 passengers on board on Tuesday averted a massive mid-air collision in Bengaluru after an automatically generated warning alerted the pilots of the planes, prompting authorities to launch a probe into the incident.
“The TCAS-Resolution Advisory system was triggered on two of our aircraft operating Coimbatore-Hyderabad and Bangalore-Cochin routes respectively on July 10. Following normal procedure this has been reported to the regulator,” the airlines said in a statement.
It was referring to the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA).
The traffic collision avoidance system scans the airspace around a plane for other aircraft equipped with corresponding active transponders and gives pilots warning of possible collision risks.
It also imparts information about the avoidance action (resolution advisory) to maintain the desired separation between two aircraft.
The Cochin-bound pane had 166 passengers while the other aircraft was carrying 162 passengers.
As per PTI, the vertical separation between the two aircraft was only about 200 feet and a mid-air collision was averted after the TCAS alarms went off.
They also told the agency that the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) has started an investigation into the incident.
In January this year, two aircrafts came face-to-face after landing at different runways of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport. In December 2016, a major accident was averted at IGI airport after two planes, an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft, came face-to-face on the runway.
According to reports, an IndiGo aircraft narrowly missed a Border Security Force aircraft over Jammu and Kashmir recently.