A major tragedy was averted when two planes came face to face at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi. The incident was reported to aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). A probe has been initiated into the matter. According to TV reports, the two planes, one Indigo flight and another SpiceJet, came face-to-face at the runway. According to Times Now report, miscommunication from Air traffic controller (ATC) is believed to be the reason behind the incident. All the passengers and crew members of both the aircraft were safe. “An Indigo flight 6C-729 which was coming from Lucknow to Delhi with 176 passengers on board, post landing on the taxi way saw a SpiceJet aircraft in front of it,” Indigo spokesperson Ajay Jesra told IANS.
“The incident occurred on Tuesday morning and the matter has been reported to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),” Jesra said.
SpiceJet confirmed the incident and said that at no point of time the safety of its passengers was at risk.”SpiceJet flight SG 123 operating Delhi-Hyderabad was following ATC instructions at all times at the Delhi airport. While taxiing, the SpiceJet crew observed another aircraft on the same taxiway in the opposite direction. Acting promptly, the SpiceJet crew immediately stopped the aircraft and intimated the ATC,” the airline said in a statement.
“Safety is of utmost and primary concern at SpiceJet, it said adding, “at no stage the safety of passengers and crew was compromised. All concerned authorities were immediately informed,” SpiceJet spokesperson said in the statement. The IndiGo spokesperson was not available for comments.
On the other hand, Indigo said, “The IndiGo flight 6E-769 (Lucknow – Delhi) while taxing in at Delhi airport today morning, observed another aircraft in front of it.” “Following Standard Operating Procedures, Captain-in-Command took the decision of switching off the engine and reported incident to ATC,” the airline said.
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It has been an eventful day at airports in the country. This took place after Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight skidded off at Dabolim airport in Goa. As many as 15 persons suffered minor injuries after the flight 9W 2374, whilst taking off from the ‘HANSA runway 26’ aborted takeoff and spun around 360 degrees. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will investigate the matter.
The incident took place at around 5 AM. Flight 9W 2374 which had arrived from Dubai and was bound for Mumbai, was about to take off when it skidded off the runway.
Jet Airways issued three updates following the incident, in its latest statement the company said, “We are planning to deploy our wide-body Boeing 777 with a capacity to seat 346 guests, to facilitate their travel between Mumbai and Goa. We are fully cooperating with various authorities, including the DGCA and AAIB, for investigation into the incident. Guests are advised to visit the Jet Airways website or contact the Jet Airways Contact Centre for updated status on our flights to/from Goa. We will issue subsequent updates as more details are available.”
An Indian Navy spokesperson tweeted that the runway had been made operational after the incident. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would jointly investigate the incident. When the evacuation was on, the aircraft tilted forward, an eyewitness said, triggering panic among passengers. Navy sources said 15 people suffered “minor injuries and fractures” in the process.