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DGCA orders probe as Mumbai mid-air clash averted

Last Updated: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 21:54

New Delhi: Two aircraft came close to each
other in mid-air over the Arabian Sea off Mumbai but a
collision was averted after the Air Traffic Control alerted
them and asked one of them to descend by around 3,000 feet.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has
ordered a probe into the near-miss to ascertain how the
Male-bound Condor Airlines flight and Qatar Airways plane
heading for Melbourne came to "unexpected proximity" while
they were flying over the high sea at a place some 300
nautical miles from the shore yesterday morning.

"Director, Air Safety, in Mumbai will probe the matter to
find out who mishandled the situation and who was responsible
for the incident," Director General of Civil Aviation S N A
Zaidi told.

The incident had occurred at around 6.19 am yesterday
when the airbus of Condor Airlines, a subsidiary of Lufthansa,
which was going from Frankfurt to Male, and a Qatar Airways
Boeing, which was travelling from Doha to Melbourne, failed to
maintain the "required horizontal separation" while flying at
a height of 35,000 feet, he said.

The Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC), which handles the
air traffic over the oceanic region, asked the Qatar Airways
plane to descend by 3,000 feet, thus helping avert a possible
air mishap, sources said.

Condor Airlines operates as a chartered tourist airline.


First Published: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 21:54

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