Mumbai : Mumbai air space has avoided a mid-air collision of two international flights via the activation of traffic collision avoidance systems (TCAS).
Airport Authority of India’s spokesperson has said the incident was a result of the closure of Pakistan’s airspace from February 27.
“After the closure of Pakistan airspace, we are facing heavy scheduled and unscheduled flight in Indian airspace. Our ATC officials are capable to handle the situation but it was unfortunate that the incident happened. On Friday, a near miss averted at Mumbai airspace,.” The Airport Authority of India spokesperson told while addressing the media .
An Air France flight AF-253 from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Paris and an Etihad Airways flight EY-290 from Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu were passing through Mumbai airspace due to Pakistani airspace closure. According to the airport authorities, the Air France aircraft was flying at 32,000 feet while the Etihad flight was flying at the height of 31,000 feet.
Traffic collision avoidance system was activated and alerted authorities of a possible collision. Immediately, an ATC officer informed the Etihad flight’s pilot to climb 33,000 feet to avoid the collision.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has started investigating the matter and the updates of the probe will be available as soon as the investigative team reaches a conclusion.