Two IndiGo Planes departed from Bangalore in the morning of January 9, towards Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar respectively within a span of 5 minutes, averting a mid-air collision after being in a Breach of separation, which is violating the minimum vertical or horizontal distance to be maintained between two aircraft, as per the officials at aviation regulator DCGA.
“Both aircraft after departure were on converging heading i.e. moving towards each other. Approach radar controller gave diverging heading and avoided mid-air collision,” one of the officials noted. Officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that the two IndiGo planes – 6E455 (Bengaluru to Kolkata) and 6E246 (Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar) – were involved in the incident.
The incident occurred over the Kempegowda International Airport located about 30 kilometers (19 mi) north of the city near the suburb of Devanahalli.
Questions rose when the information came to light and wasn’t logged in any logbook nor was it reported by the Airports Authority of India. Both the IndiGo airlines and the AAI did not respond with any statement on the issue to Press Trust Of India upon requisition. The DGCA chief Arun Kumar told PTI that the regulator is investigating the incident “and shall take strictest action against those found delinquent”.