IndiGo plane, BSF aircraft with home secretary Mehrishi avoid mid-air collision

Updated on Jun 30, 2017 11:30 PM IST
The mid-air collision between the BSF aircraft and the Indigo plane was averted over Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir.
An IndiGo aircraft came perilously close to a BSF aircraft, which had Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. (REUTERS Photo)
An IndiGo aircraft came perilously close to a BSF aircraft, which had Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. (REUTERS Photo)
Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

A mid-air collision between an IndiGo plane and a BSF aircraft, which had Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on board, was averted over Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, sources said.

The two aircraft came perilously close to each other when an automatic alert went off, prompting the pilots to steer to a safer distance, they said.

There were 180 passengers on board the IndiGo aircraft, and 12 including the home secretary on the BSF plane.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has initiated a probe into the incident.

As per sources, Mehrishi was not informed about the incident by the pilot.

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