Collision of 2 Indigo flights averted in mid-air; DGCA to take strict action

On Jan 7, 2022, two IndiGo flights 6E 455 (Bengaluru – Kolkata) and 6E 246 (Bengaluru – Bhubaneswar) were involved in breach of separation at Bangalore airport,” DGCA official told ANI.

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The aviation watchdog Director General of Civil Aviation will try to reach at the bottom of the horrifying matter of the Indigo’s two domestic flights which narrowly gave a slip from a mid-air collision. The incident of a serious safety breach was brought to India’s aviation regulator DGCA and a team under DGCA Director-General Arun Kumar was constituted for a thorough investigation.

As per officials, a close shave of two Indigo flights from Bangalore to Kolkata and the other from Bhubaneswar shows negligence and miscommunications between radar operators and ATC officials, because two aircraft can’t operate on the same air path.

“On Jan 7, 2022, two IndiGo flights 6E 455 (Bengaluru – Kolkata) and 6E 246 (Bengaluru – Bhubaneswar) were involved in breach of separation at Bangalore airport,” DGCA official told ANI.

“Both runways were in use, the official on shift decided for single Runway operations i.e. North Runway for arrival and departure, South Runway will be closed but it was not communicated to South tower controller. South tower controller gave departure to 6E 455 Kolkata bound aircraft and at the same time North tower controller gave departure to 6E 246 Bhubaneswar bound aircraft without coordination,” DGCA official further said.

Due to this, both the flights were permitted to take off and land at the same time from the same runway, the official said. Because of this situation happened. However, as soon as the planes moved in the same direction, they collided. When the radar controller came to know about this, he alerted the pilot and the accident was averted.