Timely action by Mumbai ATC averts major air disaster

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Mumbai, Apr 10 (ANI): The alert Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC) avoided a major air disaster over the Indian Ocean around 6 a. m. on Friday, when two aircrafts traveling on the same flight level narrowly missed a collision off the Karwar coast in Karnataka.

According to sources, over 500 passengers were traveling on board a Qatar Airways Boeing and a Condor Airlines Airbus when two aircrafts were heading towards each other at a height of 35,000 feet.

The Qatar Airways flight 030 was flying from Doha to Melbourne, while Condor Airlines flight 356 was going to Frankfurt from Singapore.

The Condor Airlines pilot noticed on his systems, another aircraft coming from the opposite direction, on the same flight level.

It was reported that the Condor flight had gone off the radar of the Mumbai ATC.

In his desperation the Condor pilot alerted another aircraft in the sky, which in turn alerted the Mumbai ATC.

And just in time the ATC signalled the Qatar Airways plane to immediately descend by 3,000 feet thereby avoiding a possible air disaster.

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered an inquiry into the incident.(ANI)

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