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BSF Aircaft Carrying Home Secretary Escapes Mid-air Crash

Mehrishi was travelling back to Delhi after touring Kashmir and taking stock of the Amarnath Yatra preparedness.

Arunima, Nagarjun DwarakanathArunima24

Updated:June 30, 2017, 11:05 PM IST
BSF Aircaft Carrying Home Secretary Escapes Mid-air Crash
Home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was returning from J&K after taking stock of the Amarnath Yatra.

New Delhi: A BSF aircraft ferrying union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi escaped a midair crash with a commercial plane in Jammu and Kashmir’s Banihal district on Friday.

Mehrishi was travelling back to Delhi after touring Kashmir and taking stock of the Amarnath Yatra preparedness when the BSF operated Embraer aircraft he was travelling in almost collided with an IndiGo aircraft on the same route.

IndiGo's Delhi-Srinagar flight - 6e 653 - was at a height of 26,000 feet when it narrowly missed the BSF aircraft, which was flying at 25000 feet.

According to the statement issued by Indigo, the BSF plane started climbing out of 25000 feet and the air traffic control was immediately.

“Even before the ATC could command one of the aircraft to change course, TCAS (Traffic collision avoidance system), an aircraft collision avoidance system designed to reduce the incidence of mid-air collisions between aircraft, changed the path of the flight.”

TCAS is equipped on every plane. In this case, TCAS on both planes coordinated with each other and decided on which aircraft moves which way. Thus a collision was averted as the systems intervened.

Home secretary himself claimed he was unaware of the incident. “I have been trying to contact the air wing of BSF since I heard about the narrow miss after landing in Delhi. But I have not yet received an update,” Mehrishi told CNN news18. A complaint has been registered with the DGCA.

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| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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