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ATC staff grounded for near-miss in Nagpur airspace on Jan 28  

Senior officials privy to the investigation said the radar controller was probably not at his seat when the incident took place

mumbai Updated: Feb 12, 2018 09:34 IST
Neha L M Tripathi
On January 28, Indigo Airbus A-320 and Emirates Boeing B-777 breached the minimum separation of 1,000 feet that has to be maintained between two planes.
On January 28, Indigo Airbus A-320 and Emirates Boeing B-777 breached the minimum separation of 1,000 feet that has to be maintained between two planes.(HT File)

Less than a week after a mid-air collision was averted between two aircraft in Mumbai airspace by allegedly three
seconds, investigation is underway it a similar incident that occurred in Nagpur last month.

On January 28, Indigo Airbus A-320 and Emirates Boeing B-777 breached the minimum separation of 1,000 feet that has to be maintained between two planes. The Indigo aircraft from Hyderabad to Raipur and the Emirates aircraft going to Dubai from Singapore were allegedly said to be just 200 feet away from each other. The incident came to light after officials confirmed that one of the controllers at the Nagpur ATC tower was grounded. The conformation came during an inquiry initiated by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) .

Senior officials privy to the investigation said the radar controller was probably not at his seat when the incident took place. An official said, “An unauthorised officer was asked to take charge until the time the senior radar controller in question returned to her seat and handled the channel.”

While Airports Authority of India (AAI) spokesperson said he could not comment on the matter as it was under investigation, a senior AAI official privy to the probe confirmed that one of the senior radar controllers was grounded as his role in the accident is being scrutinised.

According to another AAI official, the radar controller in question was grounded as a standard operating procedure and will remain derostered until a preliminary report is released by the investigative agency.