India’s civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has asked its UAE counterpart to share the report of a probe into the near-collision of two India-bound Emirates passenger jets on January 9 at the Dubai airport.
The purported safety-related incident occurred at the time of take-off when two Emirates airlines flights — headed for Hyderabad and Bengaluru – found themselves on the same runway.
Post the safety breach, an investigation was launched by the UAE’s aviation investigation. The DGCA has now asked UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to share its investigation report.
“Both are their registered aircraft and the place of occurrence is their airport and so, as per ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), it will be investigated by them. However, we have asked them to share the investigation report as and when available,” news agency PTI quoted DGCA chief Arun Kumar as saying.
The two Emirates jets that had the close shave on January 9 were the Dubai-Hyderabad flight (EK-524) and the Dubai-Bengaluru flight (EK-568), the PTI report quoted sources as saying.
The EK-524 was reportedly accelerating to take off just when EK-568 came on the same runway. Therefore, EK-524’s take-off was rejected by the air traffic controller. EK-524 was scheduled to depart at 9:45 pm, while EK-568 was scheduled to take off at 9:50 pm.
“On January 9, flight EK524 was instructed by air traffic control to reject take-off on departure from Dubai and this was completed successfully,” an Emirates spokesperson said.
“There was no aircraft damage, nor were there any injuries. Safety is always our top priority, and as with any incident we are conducting our own internal review.
The incident is also under investigation by the UAE AAIS and we are unable to comment further."
(WITH PTI AND IANS INPUTS)