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Some air tragedies averted on time

india Updated: Sep 04, 2009 15:35 IST

Here are the brief accounts of some air tragedies averted just on time this year at Mumbai airport.

August 28, 2009: A major disaster was averted at the Mumbai airport, when the pilot of an Air India cargo plane spotted fire raging in a consignment that was to be loaded onto the aircraft.

August 26, 2009: A Bangalore-bound Air India flight with 87 passengers on board returned to Mumbai airport after being air-borne for around 35 minutes due to a technical problem.

August 20, 2009: A bomb threat was reportedly received in a Mumbai call centre for a Melbourne-bound Singapore Airlines flight that was preparing to land.

August 23, 2009: Two private aircraft took off from the same runway at Mumbai airport even though only one was given ATC clearance.

August 14, 2009: A full security drill was carried out at the Mumbai Airport after an airport official received two phone calls that a bomb was kept in one of the store rooms of the under-construction terminal 1C.

June 1, 2009: 220 passengers aboard a Kolkata-bound Jet flight and a Shanghai-bound Air India flight had a narrow escape when the two aircraft aborted take-off just in time while heading towards each other at Mumbai airport.

February 9, 2009: An IAF chopper carrying president Pratibha Patil came dangerously close to an Air India aircraft. The disaster was narrowly averted when the AI pilot, heading for Delhi with 155 passengers, applied the emergency brakes.