Chennai, Jun 6: It was another astonishment for the air passengers when a mid-air collision was averted on Saturday, Jun 5 afternoon in Trichchirappalli airspace, in Tamil Nadu.
A Jet Airways flight and an Air India plane came 'alarmingly' close along the same flight path. Both the flight were carrying around 250 passengers and the crew, each. Air India IC 671 and Jet Airways 9W4758 came close to crashing into each other at a height of 17,000 feet near Thrichchirappalli air space.
The Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram Jet Airways pilot pulled the flight up where as the Air India pilot reduced his flight's altitude, after receiving the triggering Air Traffic Collision Avoidance siren. The near-miss took place at 12.30 pm.
The lack of proper radar cover between Trichchirappalli and Madurai, which was the route of Air India flight, was the main reason for the incident, informed the air officials. It is the third major airline incident, happening in last 10 days.
The flights landed safely at the Madurai and Chennai airports respectively.