A mid-air collision between an IndiGo plane and a BSF aircraft was on Friday averted over Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir, reported news agency PTI. According to reports, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was on board. The two aircraft came perilously close to each other when an automatic alert went off, prompting the pilots to steer away to a safer distance.
“Indigo flight 6E-653 (Delhi-Srinagar) was maintaining a height of 26,000 feet, reciprocal aircraft was climbing out of 25,000 feet, when our pilot alerted the Air Traffic Control. But before the ATC could respond, TCAS-RA (automatic warning) alerted our aircraft to take action to avoid any untoward situation,” said a statement from the airline.
There were 180 passengers on the IndiGo aircraft and 12, including the Home Secretary, on the BSF plane.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has initiated an investigation into the incident. According to reports, Mehrishi was not informed about the incident by the pilot.
With inputs from PTI