Spice, GoAir in near-miss over Goa airport
A GoAir flight entered into what is considered dangerous proximity of a climbing SpiceJet plane on Saturday over the Goa Airport.business Updated: Oct 23, 2016 21:00 IST
SpiceJet and GoAir flights were involved in a near-miss in the Goa airspace on Saturday, after the latter allegedly changed its flight course, causing the traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) in the planes to go off.
SpiceJet officials said the incident happened when their Goa-Hyderabad flight SG 3604 was was “in the climb” pursuing its designated flight path given by the air traffic controllers. “As the instrument landing system at Goa airport was not available on Saturday, flights were being guided by ATC. A notice to airmen had been issued in advance that the system will not be available,” a SpiceJet official said.
“The GoAir flight, which should have been in the north-west airspace, entered the north-east airspace where Spicejet Q400 aircraft VT-SUD was present, prompting the TCAS alert,” the official said.
“Our crew took evasive action as directed and reported to Goa ATC,” he said.
GoAir did not offer comments for this story.
In Indian airspace “Reduced Vertical Separation Minima” operations are permitted by the regulator, which allows aircraft to fly with a vertical separation of 1,000 feet. Any breach in this separation prompts the TCAS to go off. TCAS is on-board equipment that advises pilots about the traffic in the proximity of the aircraft and also instructs pilots the avoidance action to maintain desired separation between the aircraft.