Alert controllers at the Air Traffic control of the Kempegowda International Airport here averted a major mid air collision between two low cost carriers of Indigo airlines on July 10.
The two aircraft one operating between Coimbatore and Hyderabad and other from Bengaluru to Kochi had come face to face and the Traffic Controllers asked the Hyderabad bound aircraft to climb to 36,000 feet, while the Bangalore to Kochi was asked to attain an altitude of 28,000 ft.
The two aircraft came face to face with one of them at 27,300 ft and another at 27500 ft. The two aircraft were hardly four nautical miles between each other with the vertical separation being just 200 ft. Soon the authorities triggered the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) which is designed to increase cockpit awareness of nearby aircraft and serve as a last defence against mid air collisions. Following this the Civil Aviation regulator had been reported about the incident, official sources indicated on Thursday. (UNI)