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IndiGo, SpiceJet aircrafts come face to face at Delhi airport runway

IndiGo, SpiceJet aircrafts come face to face at Delhi airport runway
IndiGo, SpiceJet aircrafts come face-to-face at Delhi airport runway

Picture Courtesy: Dharmesh Thakkar

A major mishap was averted after an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircrafts came face to face on the runway at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Tuesday morning.

The IndiGo flight, which had arrived from Lucknow, was taxiing at the runway when a SpiceJet flight enroute to Hyderabad came on the same runway, resulting in the confusion. The incident took place around 7:30 am today morning.

Fortunately, the incident did not result in any damage as the anomaly was promptly flagged by officials.

“An IndiGo flight 6C-729 which was coming from Lucknow to Delhi with 176 passengers on board, post landing, saw on the taxi way a SpiceJet aircraft in front of it,” Indigo spokesperson told news agency IANS.

“The matter has been reported to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),” the spokesperson added.

According to sources, the incident has been reported to DGCA, who has ordered a probe into the matter.

Meanwhile, a statement from Spicejet said: “SpiceJet flight SG 123 operating Delhi-Hyderabad was following ATC instructions at all times at the Delhi airport.”

“While taxiing (to takeoff), the SpiceJet crew observed another aircraft on the same taxiway in the opposite direction. Acting promptly, the SpiceJet crew immediately stopped the aircraft and intimated the ATC,” said the statement.

“Safety is utmost and primary concern of SpiceJet. At no stage the safety of passengers, crew and aircraft was compromised. All concerned authorities were immediately informed,” the statement added.

Earlier today, 15 passengers suffered minor injuries after a Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight skid off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa.

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