Pakistan airspace shut, Mumbai sees near-miss
NEW DELHI: Two international flights got dangerously close to each other in Mumbai’s mega crowded skies on Friday afternoon. They were seconds apart from each other when the collision avoidance sy em kicked in and pulled them apart. An air traffic controller has been grounded.
Both the flights were passing through this route due to the closure of Pakistan airspace since February 27. The Mumbai airspace has seen a sharp rise in overflying aircraft since then and the ATC has been putting in a superhuman effort + to manage this spurt in traffic.
The scare happened at 1.40 pm Friday when an Air France Boeing 777 was cruising at 32,000 feet en route from Ho Chi Minh City to Paris as AF 253. And an Etihad Airbus 320 was winging its way from Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu as EY 290 at 31,000 feet.
星期五下午1点40分，法国航空公司一架波音777客机（AF 253航班）在从胡志明市飞往巴黎的途中，以3.2万英尺的高度巡航。阿提哈德航空一架空客320（EY 290航班）从阿布扎比飞往加德满都，飞行高度为3.1万英尺。
“At 1.40 pm, Mumbai air traffic control (ATC) asked the Etihad flight to climb to 33,000 feet. During climb, this aircraft came almost face-to-face with AF 253 that was coming from the opposite direction. The two aircraft were just three nautical miles away, seconds apart, from each other,” said sources.
The “traffic collision avoidance sy ems” (TCAS) equipment on these two aircraft got activated, after which pilots pulled the two planes apart.
Confirming this serious near miss, a senior ATC offi al said: “This happened and the matter is under investigation. The air traffic controller has been off rostered (taken off duty). Traffic density was very high (in Mumbai flight information region) due to Pakistan airspace closure.”
A senior offi al of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation also confirmed the near miss and said a probe has been ordered.
Pakistan has repeatedly deferred reopening its airspace. The latest date for that to happen is Monday, but no one knows when that will indeed happen.
The over fortnight-long closure is now begng to strain resources of both airlines and Mumbai ATC that is handling the entire diverted traffic.
Flights between west and south/southeast Asia are taking a longer route. For airlines that has meant adding a stop on ultralong and long nonstops, like Delhi-New York, which translates into higher crew and fuel requirement.
The implications are no longer just on finances and network. The effect, as is clear from Fridays near miss near Mumbai, is on safety too due to overworked and stressed out controllers who have been putting a superhuman effort since February 27. But stress may be showing now.
The mid-air collision was averted by the collision avoidance sy em which issues two types of advisories to pilots: first a traffic advisory (TA) to give an advance warning to crew of two planes that they are headed in the same direction and in second stage resolution advisory (RA) that asks crew to take evasive action to avoid mid-air collisions.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/47218.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Anuj Gupta - 1 day ago -Follow
Pakistan created by Nehru and Gandhi, root of all problem is Gandhi.
x x - 1 day ago -Follow
khangress could not solve te rorm for more than 20 years
BharatD Sharma - Bombay - 1 day ago -Follow
Waiting for the expert to say something. Mr. Pappu.
Manisha - 1 day ago -Follow
All those who are feeling that BJP replied by air strike in Pakistan was for ion purpose are of sick mind. They give a strong reply to te rort saying that we are not cowards.
shailendra singh - 1 day ago -Follow
Some people are so psycho path that they blame Modi for everything
Amitava Ghosh - 1 day ago -Follow
Pakistan closes its air space so that we suffer
Krishan Kumar Totlani - Jaipur - 1 day ago -Follow
Pakistan seem to be still shivering from an air Attack from India as they have shut its Air space.
Nitin Wani - 1 day ago -Follow
If everyone wants comfort and no trouble then te rorm cannot be tackled. We have to be ready for sacrifice to ensure Pakistan kneels down.
RCH - 1 day ago -Follow
Pakistan think tank is celebrating Pulwara attacks as it finest hour since 1947.
Mohit - 1 day ago -Follow
Something messy about Pakistan airspace shut till date. May be ISI and army is plotting something revengeful war or attack on India. Our forces have to be high alert. Jai Hind.
Vikram S. - 1 day ago -Follow
Those reader calling Indian anti te rort act as ion gimmick, should be kicked in their bigass and thrown out of India to Pakistani dogs.
Honest - 1 day ago -Follow
Pakistan is soooooooo scared. Hahahah
Yogesh - Location - 1 day ago -Follow
A fanatic terror nation must always live in terror and fear. This time India must use missiles.
Jagdish Madan - Vancouver BC - 1 day ago -Follow
Pakistan will finger itself into economic doom and chaos!
Jahangeer Khurshid - Mumbai - 1 day ago -Follow
All this is due to Modi. In the last 5 years, te rorm has increased in Kashmir like it did under Vajpayee. All he has done is talk and create tension.
Chandan - 1 day ago -Follow
Please open other alternatives and permanent routes leaving Pakistan alone.
Indianexpert - 1 day ago -Follow
Once for all divide Pakistan in three to deal with all the issues. We will have ongoing problems with them unless we intervene with full scale war.
Krishna - 1 day ago -Follow
PAKISTAN THY NAME IS HELL.EVEN AIRLINES ARE HAPPY TO AVOID FLYING OVER THE HELL.
Amarendra - delhi - 1 day ago -Follow
Mumbai is the busiest airport in India. Every minute there is a flight landing or taking off. Air controllers doing a great job.
Priti Shilpa - 1 day ago -Follow
Good that pakistan arispace is closed. They are really paying a high price now.
Pilot Suresh Para - 1 day ago -Follow
Pakistan should mature up and stop causing unrest in the world. I hope soon it will become a civilised country, May God bless us all,
Ranjit Kr - 1 day ago -Follow
Need to take back whole pakistan which belongs to india probelm solved ...
Gopal - Pune - 1 day ago
Hi I don’t know why people kept quiet when Bombay attacks happened
Did congress not sacrificed innocent Indians?
Modiji is doing thing for Indians
Let’s support anyone Genuine like Modiji
We don’t want Anti Nationals in Power that cannot prect represent India