Wednesday, July 10, 2019

ATC averts aircraft collision on runway at SVPI airport; 250 were on board

Ahmedabad: A possible collision between two aircraft on the runway at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport here was averted on Tuesday evening due to prompt action of the air traffic controller (ATC). More than 250 passengers were on board the two flights, said a source at the city airport.
A well-placed source confirmed that when a certain flight was given clearance for take-off and began to roll on the runway, another Jaipur-bound SpiceJet flight, SG-2988, crossed the holding point of the runway from the other end. The flight which was already rolling for take-off was instructed to stop immediately by the air traffic controller. The incident has also been reported to the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Narrating the sequence of events, a source said, “A certain flight was given take-off clearance and it had already begun rolling on the runway. Meanwhile, an aircraft operated by SpiceJet, was given instructions by the air traffic controller to go up to the holding point (on the other end of the runway towards which the other flight was rolling).”
10/07/19 Times of India

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