Monday, October 24, 2016

Pilot takes last-minute detour in Goa, averts midair collision

A midair disaster was averted over the Goan skies on Saturday when two aircraft came dangerously close to each other and the pilots of one of them took a last- minute detour to avoid a possible collision.
The incident happened when SpiceJet's flight SG 3604 took off from Goa for Hyderabad and GoAir's G8 141 Mumbai-Goa flight was descending to land. "Seconds after taking off, the traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) alarm went off in the cockpit of the SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 (a turboprop cockpit). The system issued a 'resolution advisory' and the pilots took evasive action as directed." said a SpiceJet official. "The alertness of our crew saved the day," he said.
Both the airlines did not say how many passengers were in aircraft involved in the near miss. GoAir A-320s have 180 to 186 seats and Spicejet Q400s have 78 seats.
Goa airport's radar was down at the time of this incident and a notice to the airmen was issued. SpiceJet officials alleged that the GoAir crew did not follow the procedure to be adopted in such circumstances and that the Go aircraft was in a place where it should not have been. A GoAir spokesman said, " The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is conducting an inquiry in this incident." Goa airport officials also claimed that both the pilots of the GoAir Airbus A320 were expats and there may have been language problems.
24/10/16 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India