A major disaster was averted at the NSC Bose International Airport when an Air India flight carrying 449 Haj pilgrims spotted another aircraft on the runway just ahead of its landing, airport sources said on Wednesday.
The Air India flight from Jeddah was about to land at 8.20 am yesterday when its pilot noticed an Air Alliance cargo flight on the same runway.
He immediately contacted the air traffic control (ATC) which directed him to hover for some time and ordered the Alliance Air plane, bound for Guwahati, to take off.
The Air India flight landed some time after it.
An investigation has been ordered into the incident and also to pinpoint fault, whether it was that of the Air India pilot or that of the ATC, which had given him the permission to land, Airport Authorities sources said.
ATC sources said excessive fog at the time had blocked visibility.