A major tragedy was averted when Spicejet and GoAir air crafts avoided a mid-air collision in Goa on Sunday after the later reportedly changed course triggering the planes’ traffic collision avoidance alarm system to go off, Hindustan Times has reported.
According to Spicejet officials, the incident, involving a SpiceJet’s flight SG-3604 Hyderabad-bound plane from Goa and a GoAir aircraft on Mumbai route, took place on Sunday When a flight to Hyderabad from Goa was on the path designated by air traffic controllers, who were guiding flights that because an instrument landing system at Goa was not available.
“As the instrument landing system at Goa airport was not available on Saturday, flights were being guided by the ATC. A notice to airmen had been issued in advance that the system will not be available,” said a SpiceJet official.
“The GoAir flight, which should have been in the north-west airspace, entered the north-east airspace where Spicejet Q400 aircraft VT-SUD was present, prompting TCAS alert,” the official added. “Our crew took evasive action as directed and reported to Goa ATC.”
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has ordered an investigation into the incident after SpiceJet reported it to air traffic controllers in Goa, according to PTI.