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August 3, 2010

Planes’ collision averted at Kolkata airport

Filed under: Incidents — aerotowfeeq @ 8:47 pm
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A major collision was averted at Kolkata airport on Monday as a landing Jet Airways flight came close to an Air India plane at the runway.

According to sources, it was the Jet pilot’s judgement that the accident could be averted. The two planes came within 2 miles of each other, airport sources said.

Prima facie it was the fault of Kolkata air traffic controller (ATC) which gave landing permission to the Jet flight even as the Air India flight was on the runway.

The incident happened at 10.30 am while the Air India flight to London with 78 passengers on board was stationed on the runway. The aircraft, scheduled to take off at 10.30 am, didn’t fly till 10.38 am.

At the same time, a Jet flight coming from Bangkok with 153 passengers on board was given permission to land by the Kolkata ATC. Soon after, the Jet plane approached the runway and began the process of landing.

Just 2 miles away from landing, the captain of the plane spotted the AI flight on the runway. He informed the Kolkata ATC and immediately flew back.

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