According to the TOI report, the two aircraft - Air India's Airbus A-319 flying from Mumbai to Bhopal as AI 631 and Vistara's A-320 Neo headed to Pune from Delhi as United Kingdom 997 - were headed in opposite directions, speeding towards each other moments before the flights avoided the midair crash.
A major midair collision between an Air Vistara and an Air India flights was averted on Wednesday over Mumbai.
The news comes just a day after an Antonov An-148 regional jet owned by Russia's Saratov Airlines crashed minutes after take-off outside Moscow, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board.
Two aircraft missed each other by seconds in India on 7th February. There was no confusion.
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The Vistara pilot told the controllers that it had asked the flight to descend to that level.
The Air India flight captain has written in her report that the aircraft was indeed only 100 feet apart from the other plane after which it was immediately veered into a safer distance. "It was a close shave", he said.
India has the highest percentage of female pilots, at 11.6%, compared to the measly 3% global average estimated by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. Preliminary evidence suggests a miscommunication between the Air Traffic Control and the two Vistara Pilots, based on which the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded them. Their gender was not specified. "In this particular incident, the resolution advisory (by the Traffic Collision Avoidance System or TCAS) got triggered due to conflicting traffic". The matter is under investigation by relevant authorities.
TCAS is an on-board equipment that advises pilots regarding the traffic in the proximity of the aircraft and also prescribes what action a pilot can take to maintain the desired separation between the aircraft. "So, finally, when our pilot saw the warning on board, she took corrective action and turned the aircraft from the collision point", the official said, adding, "The AAIB has cleared our pilot for flying".