13 near air-misses this year, none critical: Govt
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 18:23
New Delhi: A total of 13 incidents of near air-miss were reported in the country this year but none was "critical" as the aircraft were equipped with collision avoidance systems and the pilots and air traffic controllers showed alertness, Government said on Tuesday.

In reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said that all the incidents of "air- proximity" were being investigated as per the laid down procedure (by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation).

In an incident of air-proximity, two aircraft breach either their vertical or horizontal separation limits while flying. It is also commonly known as near air-miss.

In order to avoid any disaster, modern aircraft comes with the Traffic Collision and Avoidance System (TCAS) which alerts the pilot if the plane breaches its separation limits.

Patel denied that such incidents were due to shortage of air traffic management services.

"There is no shortage of air traffic management services including air traffic control (ATC), communication, navigation and surveillance to deal with air safety," Patel said.

To prevent occurrence of such incidents, he said, the DGCA has issued civil aviation requirement guidelines making it mandatory to install Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) in planes.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 18:23

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