Azara, Aug 2: A possible mid-air collision of two flights was averted by the Guwahati ATC on Sunday afternoon after the flights breached the mandated safety distance and came tantalisingly close.
A SpiceJet flight (SG 653) coming from Agartala was about to land at the Guwahati Lokapriya Gopith Bordoloi Airport around the same time when an Indigo flight (6E571) was about to take off to Delhi on the same runway.
Realising the close call, the Guwahati ATC hurriedly asked the incoming flight to abort the landing. The SipeJet flight had to hover around the airport "at a safer distance" for over forty minutes till the ATC clearance to land.
"While 6E-571 was on the runway to get airborne, one Spicejet flight from Delhi was on its fil approach to the runway. So the ATC did not give clearance to the Spicejet flight and it aborted landing and decided to go around for about 40 minutes," said airport director G.A. Balhara told a news agency.
The distance between the two aircraft was just around 3 km during the incident, he said, adding that a probe has been ordered into the incident. The number of passengers in both the flights is not known.