At Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport on Tuesday, a major accident was averted between two flights.An alert by Varanasi airport Air Traffic Controller or ATC prevented two aircrafts – SpiceJet and an IndiGo – from coming on a collision course at the runway on Tuesday, following which one of the airlines grounded two of its pilots.
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“IndiGo aircraft VT-IHS operating 3175 (Varanasi -Mumbai) in spite of having ATC clearance had to abort the takeoff at a low speed because the aircraft of another carrier came on the runway. IndiGo cockpit crew followed standard operating procedures in compliance with the ATC instructions. IndiGo has voluntarily reported the matter to the DGCA,” the airline said in a statement. “The ATC asked the pilot to hold position and later cleared it for take off,” SpiceJet said.