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Major air disaster averted at Mumbai Airport

Mumbai, Fri, 23 Mar 2012 ANI

Mumbai, Mar.23 (ANI): A serious communication error almost caused an air disaster at Mumbai International Airport on Thursday.

It was a narrow escape for passengers travelling on three Jet Airways flights.

A Jet Airways flight coming in from Nagpur was descending to land, while another plane was waiting to take off. A third plane was also to leave the runway, putting on three planes on a possible collision course.

Air Traffic Controller (ATC), however, sounded an emergency in the nick of time.

According to a TImes Now report, the flight that landed was ordered to leave the main runway. The plane that was to take off was put on hold to allow the incoming flight to land safely.

"As advised by the ATC, flight no. 9W 2073 from Mumbai to Udaipur had to reject take off at very low speed. This was due to another aircraft that was waiting to clear runway. The estimated departure of the Mumbai to Udaipur flight was 1850hrs. The flight departed with 55 minutes delay," a Jet Airways statement said.

Jet Airways has admitted there was a delay because of the mix up on the runway. a massive disaster averted but the narrow shave raising fresh concerns over air safety. (ANI)

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