Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SpiceJet, GoaAir incident: Beginning of 2016 saw 10 such incidents, 25 in 2015

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated a probe, sources said, into a near miss incident between SpiceJet's Hyderabad-bound plane from Goa and a GoAir aircraft operating on Nagpur-Mumbai route in Goa airspace on Saturday, according to media reports.

The incident triggered the planes' traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) and forced their respective pilots into action to take corrective measures.

Sources told news agency PTI that SpiceJet's flight SG-3604 experienced a TCAS warning when it breached the minimum required vertical separation distance with GoAir flight G8-141, while in Goa airspace.

India's most successful budget carrier, IndiGo, had a scare in August this year when two of its planes averted a mid-air collision over Dhaka airspace.

The civil aviation ministry had ordered a probe into the incident involving the two aircraft, which were carrying over 225 passengers and crew.

The incident involved IndiGo's Mumbai to Guwahati flight 6E-813 and Chennai flight 6E-136.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had said that the incident would be probed by the aviation regulator.

"Incident involving @IndiGo6E planes at Guwahati will be probed," Raju had tweeted.
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