Air India, Nepal Airlines flights narrowly avert mid-air collision, two officials suspended


A mid-air accident was narrowly averted on Friday as Air India and Nepal Airlines flights came dangerously close while travelling to Kathmandu. Disaster was avoided as the warning systems alerted the pilots. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has since suspended two employees of the air traffic controller department for “carelessness”.

The incident took place on Friday morning as the Air India flight travelled from New Delhi to Kathmandu. At the same time, the Nepal Airlines plane had been coming Kathmandu from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. 

According to officials, the Indian carrier had been descending from 19,000 ft while the Nepal Airlines aircraft was flying at an altitude of 15,000 ft at the same location. The Nepal Airlines flight descended to 7,000 ft after the radar indicated that the two carriers were in close proximity. 

The Civil Aviation Authority has formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the matter. The two officers who had been in charge of the control room at the time of the incident have been suspended.

(With inputs from agencies)

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