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Two planes take off from converging runways at K'gowda: Collision averted
The two Indigo planes, heading for same direction, were given permission for take-off at the same time from two converging runways at Kempegowda airport in Bengaluru recently. A radar controller who noticed the approaching disaster quickly enabled an interception and averted a mid-air collision leading to a narrow escape for hundreds of passengers.

BENGALURU, Jan 19: A narrow escape for hundreds of passengers of two aircraft taking off from the Kempegowda airport simultaneously, heading for a mid-air collision, and the following hush-up by the airport authorities in Bengaluru to avoid any inquiry have come to light.

The incident involving the two Indigo planes took place on January 7, it has been reported. The flights were 6E 455 departing for Kolkata and 6E 246 for Bhubaneswar. The matter was hushed up fearing investigation and action.

The north and south parallel runways of the airport are not used for simultaneous departures as a norm. But the two planes, heading for same direction, were given permission for take-off at the same time from the converging runways. A radar controller who noticed the approaching disaster quickly enabled an interception and averted a mid-air collision, the Kolkata-bound flight taking a swift left turn while the other going to Bhubaneswar swerving to the right. Till the planes reached 3000 ft they were close by and the pilots were not aware of an impending collision.

It is said that the air traffic controller of the south tower was not aware of some changes made to the runway's schedule.

Parallel takeoffs and landings are not allowed in India.

The Director-General of Civil Aviation has ordered an inquiry.

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