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Near-miss: Collision between Vistara, IAF airplanes averted at Chandigarh international airport

A major mishap was averted on Saturday when an Air Vistara flight was asked to abort its take-off at the last moment to avoid crashing into an Indian Air Force plane that was landing on the same runway at the International Airport in Chandigarh.

punjab Updated: Apr 30, 2017 20:34 IST
After the incident, Vistara tweeted, “Regret the trouble, take off was aborted as per instructions from ATC at Chandigarh airport.”
After the incident, Vistara tweeted, “Regret the trouble, take off was aborted as per instructions from ATC at Chandigarh airport.”(HT File )

A major mishap was averted on Saturday when an Air Vistara flight was asked to abort its take-off at the last moment to avoid crashing into an Indian Air Force plane that was landing on the same runway at the International Airport in Chandigarh.

Sources said timely intervention by the air traffic controller (ATC) prevented the mishap from happening when the Delhi-bound Air Vistara flight was about to take off from here Saturday after an IL-76 cargo plane of the Indian Air Force (IAF) sought permission for landing on the runway.

The Air Vistara flight had 151 passengers on board and was scheduled to departure at 3.20 pm. However, it got delayed and left past 5 pm, officials said.

They said as the plane accelerated to take off, it was asked to abort and return to the gate by the ATC.

After the incident, Vistara tweeted, “Regret the trouble, take off was aborted as per instructions from ATC at Chandigarh airport.”

IAF officials said the decision to abort take-off of the private airline was taken by the ATC keeping in view the safety norms.