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How a woman pilot averted Air India-Vistara mid-air crash, saved lives

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New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2018 4:17:37 PM

A major mid-air tragedy was averted when Vistara’s UK 997 flight was just 100 feet away from the Air India's AI 631. The disaster was averted thanks to Air India’s Captain Anupama Kohli who acted promptly on the warnings and kept her composure to save hundreds of lives.

The collision between Air India and Vistara was averted after an automatic warning alerted the pilots of the two planes of being in close proximity to each other, an official said.

A major mid-air tragedy was averted when Vistara’s UK 997 flight was just 100 feet away from the Air India’s AI 631. The disaster was averted thanks to Air India’s Captain Anupama Kohli who acted promptly on the warnings and kept her composure to save hundreds of lives. Kohli acted swiftly on the instrument warning and steered the aircraft to a safe distance, according to reports. It has been learnt that Vistara’s UK 997 was carrying 152 passengers and Air India’s AI 631 for Bhopal had 109 passengers. Kohli has written in her resolution advisory report that the aircraft was just 100 feet away when it was taken to a safer distance. The collision was averted after an automatic warning alerted the pilots of the two planes of being in close proximity to each other, an official said.

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has launched a probe into ther incident. Kohli’s action was perfect as she followed the resolution advisory and steered the aircraft to a safer distance, Air India said, adding that the Vistara aircraft was descending. So, finally, Kohli saw the warning on board, she just took the corrective action and turned the aircraft from the collision point. Air India has lauded Kohli’s “time-action” saying the AAIB has cleared her for flying.

On the other hand, Vistara has also confirmed the incident. “In this particular incident, the resolution advisory (by the Traffic Collision Avoidance System or TCAS) got triggered due to conflicting traffic. Our pilot followed the standard operating procedure to avoid it and carried out an uneventful landing. The matter is under investigation by the relevant authority,” a spokesperson of the Vistara said.

The mid-air scare could have turned out to be a catastrophe had corrective measures not been taken timely. However, this isnt the first such incident that put the lives of passengers and crew at risk. In August 2017, an Ethiopian Airlines plane clipped wings with an Air India aircraft at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi. The incident happened in last August when the Ethiopian Airlines’ plane was pushing back for take off and Air India’s Airbus A320 was parked.

Another major tragedy was averted when two planes came face to face at IGI Airport in 2016. One Indigo flight and another SpiceJet had come face-to-face at the runway. Recently, Jet Airways sacked two senior pilots after they got involved in a mid-air brawl on January 1. The captain allegedly slapped his woman co-pilot who, reports said, was seen emerging from the cockpit in tears on a London-Mumbai flight. The flight had 324 guests including two infants and 14 crew members.

In another shocking event, on January 1, a senior Jet Airways pilot had slapped her female colleague inside the cockpit of a London-Mumbai flight on January 1. In a stringent action, the pilot’s licence was suspended for violating  the safety norms.

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