2 ATC officials off duty

A radar controller and a tower controller from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) in Mumbai have become the first casualty of Monday’s scare....

Written by Shashank Shekhar | Mumbai | Published: February 11, 2009 2:51:53 am

A radar controller and a tower controller from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) in Mumbai have become the first casualty of Monday’s scare at the Mumbai airport in which an Airbus 321 belonging to Air India nearly collided with an IAF helicopter belonging to President Pratibha Patil’s fleet.

“The two ATCOs have been de-rostered which is a standard procedure following any investigation till an inquiry is over,” a Civil Aviation Ministry spokesperson said.

According to the spokesperson,the two pilots of IC866,carrying 150 passengers to Delhi,have been let off the hook till the inquiry reaches a conclusion.

According to reliable sources,the investigations are likely to stretch into Wednesday. “The investigations will continue until tomorrow a lot of information needs to be sorted,” said a source. The pilots,Captain S S Kohli and Capt. A Diwan,will start flying from Wednesday,a spokesperson for Air India said.

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