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Air India Flight to Ahmedabad Aborts Takeoff After Fire Warning

12 February 2018

However, the way people usually get saved from close calls on the road, mid-air collisions survivors have always been next to zero. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded the two Vistara pilots, according to The Times of India report.

Air India's Airbus A-319 (flight number AI 631) was on way to Bhopal from Mumbai and Vistara's A-320 Neo (flight number United Kingdom 997) was airborne from Delhi to Pune and the planes were just about seconds away from each other. Air India's commander Captain Anupama Kohli was monitoring the situation when she noticed the Vistara aircraft heading in the direction of her flight.

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Meanwhile, Vistara Airlines claimed that the ATC had asked United Kingdom 997 to be at 27,000 feet. She could also reportedly hear the conversation between the Vistara pilot and the Air Traffic Control Unit (ATC), which indicated a miscommunication. At that moment, the traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) alarms went off in cockpits of both the planes and a mid-air collision was averted. This meant that the vertical separation between the two aircrafts was merely 100 feet, while the lateral separation between them was 2.8km. As per source, the Vistara flight with 152 passengers on board was assigned the flight altitude of 29,000 feet.

The news agency reported that the AI flight captain has written in her resolution advisory report that the aircraft was just 100 feet away when it was taken to a safer distance. "This is the most serious near miss in the recent times and it happened in the Mumbai terminal manoeuvring area (TMA)", said a source. A spokesperson for the airline is reported to have said, "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. Instantaneously, a resolution advisory (RA) came - 'climb, climb, climb". "The matter is under investigation by relevant authorities", said the statement mentioned in the International Business Times report.

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Vistara officials told PTI that their pilots had followed the standard operating procedure during the crisis and had carried out an "uneventful landing".

"It was a close shave", he said. Our crew was acting just as it should have.

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Air India Flight to Ahmedabad Aborts Takeoff After Fire Warning