Air collision over Mumbai averted, 2 planes just 100 feet apart

Air collision over Mumbai averted, 2 planes just 100 feet apart

Mumbai: A mid-air collision was averted over Mumbai's airspace when a Vistara aircraft came close to an Air India plane, prompting the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau to launch a probe. However, Air India-Vistara incident happened last week on Wednesday (February 7).

Air India is making necessary arrangements for an alternative aircraft to fly passengers to their destination, an Air India spokesperson had said.

The Vistara flight, United Kingdom 997, was on its way from the Indian capital New Delhi to western city of Pune near Mumbai and was carrying 152 passengers on board, while the Air India flight AI 631 was flying from Mumbai to Bhopal with 109 people on board.

The pilot immediately switched off both the engines and the Airbus A321 aircraft was towed to chokes, a source at the CSIA said. A source told TOI that at one point, AI 631 and United Kingdom 997 were 100 feet apart vertically and 2.8km laterally apart.

According to reports, the Vistara aircraft descended to a height of 27,100 feet, while the Air India flight was maintaining a height of 27,000 feet. They were just seconds away from each other.


An Air India flight takeoff was aborted from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Sunday after fire was detected in the port engine. This is the most serious airport (accident) or near-miss in recent times.

The AI flight captain has written in her resolution advisory report that the aircraft was just 100ft away when it was taken to a safer distance.

"[Captain Kohli] saw the Vistara plane closing in from her left side towards her", the official added.

"In this particular incident, the resolution advisory (Traffic Collision Avoidance System or TCAS) got triggered due to conflicting traffic".

Vistara officials told PTI that their pilots had followed the standard operating procedure during the crisis and had carried out an "uneventful landing". "The matter is under investigation by relevant authorities", a Vistara spokesperson told the Times of India. Our crew was acting just as it should have. The captain climbed instantly steering clear from the way of the incoming Vistara flight, a Times of India report said. On 28 January, IndiGo and Emirates aircrafts breached the minimum distance limit over Nagpur.

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