Thursday, November 17, 2016

2 near miss incidents involving GoAir, SpiceJet flights at Goa

New Delhi: Two airprox incidents, where the aircraft are too close to each other while flying, involving GoAir and SpiceJet in less than three weeks have been reported at Goa, according to the government.

The first incident happened on October 22 when a GoAir "wet-leased aircraft did not follow the instructions issued by the Goa ATC (Air Traffic Controller) for the approach", Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said today.

In the second incident, that took place on November 10, the similarity in the call signs of the two flights led to the confusion between the crew and the ATC, he added.

"Two airprox incidents have occured at Goa between aircraft belonging to GoAir and SpiceJet," Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Following the incidents, an audit of wet lease operation by GoAir has been ordered by aviation regulator DGCA.

"GoAir has been directed not to operate wet lease aircraft to defence air field till all the foreign crew has been briefed about the operating procedures," Sinha said.
17/11/16 PTI/Business Standard