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India Air India and Vistara flights avoid what would have been India's worst crash in years

05:05  12 february  2018
05:05  12 february  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.in

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A tragedy was avoided this week after an Air India flight and a Vistara aircraft carrying more than 100 fliers were about to collide mid- air . Considering the death toll, the 1996 crash is the third-deadliest air crash and is called the worst mid- air collision in aviation history.

In what could have been one of India ' s major mid- air crash , a Vistara aircraft and an Air India plane came within 100 meters of each other on February 7. The collision was avoided after the pilot commanding the Air India flight pulled the aircraft up and away from the Vistara plane. skies on

A tragedy was avoided this week after an Air India flight and a Vistara aircraft carrying more than 100 fliers were about to collide mid-air. The two aircraft came as close as 100 feet before the collision was avoided, a Times of India report revealed. The incident took place over Mumbai on February 7 at 8 pm.

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The incident has been deemed as the most serious one of its kind in recent times by experts. According to the TOI report, the two aircraft — Air India's Airbus A-319 flying from Mumbai to Bhopal as AI 631 and Vistara's A-320 Neo headed to Pune from Delhi as UK 997 — were headed in opposite directions, speeding towards each other moments before the flights avoided the midair crash.

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The two pilots of the Vistara flight have been grounded, pending investigation, while the Air India pilots have been cleared for flying by the AAIB for not being at fault, the official added.

On February 7, a Vistara flight descended to an altitude where an Air India aircraft was flying in the opposite direction, and the two planes then sped towards each other before a midair collision was averted by a few seconds.

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Sources said the Vistara flight was assigned a flight level of 29,000 feet, but came down to 27,100 feet, which brought the two planes within a vertical separation of just 100 feet. Their proximity set off traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) alarms in the cockpits of the two flights, thus helping the pilots avoid the crash.

"At one point, AI 631 and UK 997 were 100 feet apart vertically and 2.8km laterally apart. They were just seconds away from each other. This is the most serious airport (accident) or near-miss in recent times," a source revealed.

Following the scary encounter, a Vistara spokesperson issued a statement explaining the incident. "The safety of our customers and staff is of paramount importance to us and at Vistara we diligently follow all the safety regulations and guidelines. In this particular incident, the resolution advisory (RA) got triggered due to conflicting traffic. Our pilot followed the SOP (standard operating procedure) to avoid it and carried out an uneventful landing. The matter is under investigation by relevant authorities," said the statement.

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Press Trust of India reports that the Air India aircraft was flying at 27,000 ft as instructed by the Air Traffic Control (ATC). The Vistara flight meanwhile started descending from 29,000 ft, purportedly on instructions from the ATC.

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A senior DGCA official said this was a "serious" near-miss, and that the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) was probing it.

The TOI report quoted a senior AI official as saying: "This was indeed a very close call. Our crew was acting just as it should have. There must have been some serious confusion between air traffic control and Vistara pilots that led to this."

Over 150 passengers were on board the Vistara flight. The passenger count for the Air India flight is as yet unknown.

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