Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:13 am

Shocking: Indian planes escape collision; blamed on human error

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NEW DELHI: Two Indian passenger planes nearly escaped collision due to Air Traffic Controller’s wrong instructions carelessly.

According to Airports Authority of India, two aircraft of IndiGo and SpiceJet came face-to-face barely 40 metres away on the same taxiway on Tuesday but providentially a disaster was averted after commanders of both the planes alerted the air traffic control and switched off their engines, PTI reported.

An investigation has been launched into the accident to ascertain this major safety lapse.

Noting that the statement is being issued to avoid any fear among air passengers after yesterday’s incident, AAI said at times it may not be possible to eliminate human error, PTI reported.

AAI said various reports appearing in the media are giving exaggerated version stating that the passengers had close shave, indicating a distorted interpretation that may create fear in the minds of air passengers.

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