Passengers onboard a Go Air flight to Mumbai from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) had a narrow escape on Wednesday when the aircraft had to abort its take-off at the last moment to avert a collision with an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft which was crossing the runway at the same time.
According to IGIA sources,the air traffic controller was quick to inform the Go Air pilot because of which a disaster was averted.
Airport sources said the Go Air flight GO 336 started taxing towards runway 27-09 at 2.37 pm on Wednesday. The flight was asked to abort take-off and return to bay immediately. The pilot had to apply emergency brakes.
The runway 27-09 is close to the Indian Air Force base. An IAF aircraft from Chandigarh to Delhi was crossing the runway at the same time, an airport official said.
The IAF aircraft was moving towards the technical area from taxiway E. Sources said the Go Air flight vacated the runway and returned to bay. It was given clearance 45 minutes later following which it took off for Mumbai. No passenger was injured. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.