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Human error in President's chopper incident: Praful

delhi Updated: Feb 26, 2009 13:49 IST

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Thursday said that human error led to the February 9 incident in which President Pratibha Patil's chopper narrowly escaped crashing into an Air India aircraft in Mumbai.

"There was human error in the incident, the matter is being investigated. We have taken serious note of the matter," Patel said while relying to a query of KS Manoj, a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MP from Kerala, in the Lok Sabha.

In a major safety breach on February 9, a New Delhi-bound Air India flight with 170 passengers and 10-member crew narrowly escaped colliding with a helicopter which was part of the president's fleet, minutes before taking off from Mumbai Monday morning.

This is the first time that the government has accepted that there was human error in the incident, although, the minister didn't name the person responsible for the incident.

Patel also said that the government has recruited a sizeable number of people to positions in Air Traffic Control, who will be working with their counterparts in the armed forces to avoid such incidents in future.