Mumbai, May 31: A major accident was averted at the Mumbai airport at 10:00 AM on Sunday, May 31 when two flights Jet Airways and Air India ferrying 220 passengers were given the green signal simultaneously to cross through the same path.
The spokesperson of the International Airport Ltd said, "At 7.45 AM, two departing aircraft, one of Air India and another of Jet Airways, aborted take off from the cross runway." He also said,"The two aircraft were at the diagonal runways. They were given clear to take off by the ATC that subsequently asked to abort the take off."
The Jet Airways spokesperson said to news agencies, "Our pilot was given permission to take off from runway (14/32 cross runway). The Air India pilot of flight 348 misunderstood signal and started taking off from the main runway (09/27)." He also added "the ATC asked Air India Pilot to abort the take off, the spokesperson said, adding "our pilot also applied breaks as a precautionary measure."
There were 120 passengers including four children on board Jet Airway's Mumbai-Kolkata flight while Air India's Mumbai-New Delhi-Sanghai flight had 104 passengers.