Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Major tragedy averted: Indigo, SpiceJet planes come face-to-face at Delhi airport

A major tragedy was averted when two planes came face to face at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi. The incident was reported to aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). A probe has been initiated into the matter. According to TV reports, the two planes, one Indigo flight and another SpiceJet, came face-to-face at the runway. According to Times Now report, miscommunication from Air traffic controller (ATC) is believed to be the reason behind the incident. All the passengers and crew members of both the aircraft were safe. “An Indigo flight 6C-729 which was coming from Lucknow to Delhi with 176 passengers on board, post landing on the taxi way saw a SpiceJet aircraft in front of it,” Indigo spokesperson Ajay Jesra told IANS.
“The incident occurred on Tuesday morning and the matter has been reported to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),” Jesra said.
SpiceJet confirmed the incident and said that at no point of time the safety of its passengers was at risk.”SpiceJet flight SG 123 operating Delhi-Hyderabad was following ATC instructions at all times at the Delhi airport. While taxiing, the SpiceJet crew observed another aircraft on the same taxiway in the opposite direction. Acting promptly, the SpiceJet crew immediately stopped the aircraft and intimated the ATC,” the airline said in a statement.
“Safety is of utmost and primary concern at SpiceJet, it said adding, “at no stage the safety of passengers and crew was compromised. All concerned authorities were immediately informed,” SpiceJet spokesperson said in the statement. The IndiGo spokesperson was not available for comments.
27/12/16 The Financial Express
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