Mid-air collision between two aircraft averted at Lucknow airport

Passengers on board a Mumbai-bound Vistara flight from and an Express India aircraft from Dubai had a close shave when the former was ordered to abort take because both planes were on the same flight path.

lucknow Updated: Jun 10, 2017 13:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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A Mumbai-bound Vistara Airlines aircraft was ordered to abort take off at the eleventh hour to make way for an Express India flight from Dubai to land at the Lucknow airport on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)

The air traffic control (ATC) at Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh international airport averted a possible mid air collision on Thursday after it ordered a Vistara airlines aircraft to abort take off in the nick of time to allow an Express India flight to land.

The Mumbai-bound Vistara flight (VIT933) was moving on the runway for take off at 2:09 pm when the Express India aircraft (AXB194) from Dubai was making a second attempt to land.

Airport Authority of India officials said that the Express India flight had to cancel its first landing attempt for some reasons. However, the pilot sought permission to land in the second attempt which was granted by the ATC as the flight was coming from a long distance (Dubai). But during that time, the Vistara flight had been scheduled for take off.

The Vistara flight was already on the runway and had to use emergency brakes once the ATC ordered the pilot to abort the take off. Passengers said they were jolted and suffered a shock when the pilot used emergency brakes to stop the aircraft.

According to AAI officials, this was an appropriate safety measure taken by the air traffic control to avoid mid air collision between the two aircraft that were on the same trajectory.

The Vistara flight took off 20 minutes after the Express India flight landed. A senior bureaucrat of Uttar Pradesh was among the Vistara passengers.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 21:36 IST