Indigo and SpiceJet flights avert collision at Delhi airport


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NEW DELHI: A major accident was averted at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport on Tuesday morning as two planes, an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft, came face-to-face on the runway.
According to the reports, there was a miscommunication with the Air Traffic Control.

The IndiGo flight had arrived from Lucknow and was moving towards the taxiway while the SpiceJet flight was about to take off.
"An Indigo flight 6C-729 which was coming from Lucknow to Delhi with 176 passengers on board, post landing on the taxiway saw a SpiceJet aircraft in front of it," Indigo spokesperson Ajay Jesra said.
"The incident occurred on Tuesday morning and the matter has been reported to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)," Jesra said.
SpiceJet while confirming the incident and said that at no point of time the safety of its passengers was at risk.
"SpiceJet flight SG 123 operating Delhi-Hyderabad was following ATC instructions at all times at the Delhi airport. While taxiing, the SpiceJet crew observed another aircraft on the same taxiway in the opposite direction. Acting promptly, the crew immediately stopped the aircraft and intimated the ATC," the airline said.
"Safety is of utmost and primary concern at SpiceJet, it said adding, "at no stage the safety of passengers and crew was compromised. All concerned authorities were immediately informed," SpiceJet spokesperson said in the statement.
Meanwhile, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered probe into the incident.
This is the second airport runway fiasco reported this morning.
In Goa, a Jet Airways flight skidded and took a 360-degree spin on the runway just before take-off. Some passengers were reportedly injured while being moved out of the plane on emergency slides.​