Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Saudia Boeing 777 and UPS Jets avert collision

New Delhi: Another mid-air collision was averted in the Kolkata airspace last Tuesday, this time involving a Saudia Boeing 777 aircraft and a Boeing 747 plane owned by global logistics company UPS, raising questions over the safety of Indian skies.
The planes came within about 300 feet of each other but a collision was averted after the traffic alert and collision avoidance system or TCAS on both the aircraft was triggered automatically enabling the planes to be diverted in two different directions.
Last Tuesday, the Saudia flight from Riyadh to Manila came close to the UPS’ Boeing 747 plane that was Mumbai-bound from Bangkok. The incident happened when the UPS aircraft was asked by the controller to climb from 32,000 feet to 34,000 feet.
While climbing, the UPS aircraft was vertically about 300 feet away, when it reached an altitude of 32,700 feet, as the Saudia aircraft was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet.
A radar controller has been grounded, pending the inquiry into the incident.
The incident is the second within two days over the Kolkata airspace, raising alarm bells in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
24/10/18 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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