Probe ordered into near-midair collision over Assam

February 11th, 2009 - 7:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha PatilNew Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Wednesday ordered an investigation into the near mid-air collision between an Air India and an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft over Assam.
“DGCA has ordered a probe into the incident,” a civil aviation ministry spokesperson said.

The Air India aircraft with 45 passengers and an IAF transporter IL-76 came dangerously close to each other Tuesday. Both were flying at an altitude of about 17,000 feet over Jorhat in upper Assam.

The DGCA is also probing an incident where choppers from President Pratibha Patil’s convoy came in the way of an Air India aircraft at Mumbai airport Monday.

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