Jammu and Kashmir: Collision between Indigo flight, BSF plane averted over Banihal

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A mid-air collision was averted in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday after an Indigo flight and a BSF plane came too close over the state’s Banihal region. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was also on board the BSF plane, said agencies quoting sources.
Civil aviation regulator DGCA on Friday initiated a probe into the near-miss between an IndiGo flight and an aircraft at a height of 26,000 feet.
The budget passenger carrier IndiGo in a statement said that its alert pilot and a state-of-the-art anti-collision system — TCAS-RA — installed on its aircraft helped avert the mid-air collision at a height of 26,000 feet.
“IndiGo flight 6E-653 (Delhi-Srinagar) was maintaining FL 260 (26,000 feet), reciprocal aircraft was climbing out of FL 250 (25,000 feet), when our pilot alerted the Air Traffic Control (ATC), but before the ATC could react, TCAS-RA alerted our aircraft to take action to avoid any untoward situation,” the airline said.
“IndiGo pilot followed SOPs (standard operating procedures) and filed the necessary report. IndiGo proactively informed the regulator,” it said.
This was the second mishap averted by IndiGo on Saturday. Earlier in the day, an IndiGo plane carrying 174 passengers from Patna to New Delhi suffered a major technical glitch while taking off at the Jaiprakash Narayan Airport.
Due to this incident, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav and some other dignitaries were stranded at the airport after air traffic was suspended until further orders.

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