Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Directorate General of Civil Aviation grounds IndiGo pilots for Jammu near miss

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded two IndiGo pilots, who allegedly did not maintain the level assigned to them while taking off from Jammu on Monday.

Their plane had come perilously close to a landing Air India aircraft and action against them came a day after TOI reported this serious near miss.

"The airline (IndiGo) has been advised not to use the pilots pending investigation," DGCA chief M Sathiyavathy, who has ordered a probe into this incident, said on Wednesday.

The problem arose when an Air India Airbus A-320 was approaching Jammu to land and IndiGo A-320 was taking off. The two aircraft breached the minimum separation of 1,000 feet and were just 400 feet apart.

The traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) alarm went off in cockpits of both the aircraft, signaling another plane was dangerously close.


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