Saturday, July 28, 2018

Indian airspace witnessed over 90 near misses in three years

Increasing congestion in Indian airspace resulted in over 90 cases of “near miss” incidents between 2015 and 2018. “Near miss” incidents generally refer to cases where the distance between two airborne planes is less than the prescribed safety limits and could result in mid-air collision.

According to data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the watchdog for civil aviation safety in India, Indian airspace had already witnessed eight “near miss” incidents by February this year, while as recently as earlier this month, two Indigo aircraft carrying 340 passengers on board averted a mid-air collision after the Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) got triggered automatically when the two aircraft came close to each other, with just four nautical miles between them. The incident took place over Bengaluru.

While Indian airspace witnessed 25 “near miss” incidents in 2015, 32 of such incidents were reported in 2016. This was the highest number of near misses ever reported in Indian airspace in a single year.
28/07/18 Dibyendu Mondal/Sunday Guardian Live

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