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Mid air collision between GoAir and SpiceJet averted in Goa
On Saturday, thanks to TCAS and immediate action by the crew, a mid-air collision between a SpiceJet and a GoAir flight was avoided in Goa.

The Goa-Hyderabad SpiceJet flight, SG-3604 had a close shave with G8 -141, a GoAir Nagpur-Mumbai flight when the Spicejet flight was in the climb mode. The GoAir flight was supposed to be in a different airspace but was found in the path of the SpiceJet aircraft.

The flights were being guided by the ATC as the airport's Instrument Landing System (ILS) was not functioning at the time of the incident. This was coupled with low-visibility reports. But pilots had, in advance, been warned of the ILS not working and were advised to follow the manual landing system.

It was only when the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) alerted both the planes that they changed their course and avoided a mid-air collision.

The DGCA has ordered a probe in the incident and the DGCA's Airprox Investigation Board will now ascertain the real cause of the incident. Any action will be taken by the DGCA on the basis of the report by Airprox.

In order to fly in the Indian airspace, aircraft need to maintain a minimum vertical separation of 1,000 feet. If violated, the TCAS pushes into action.

TCAS is a security system that alarms pilots of an aircraft about the proximity of another aircraft and suggests the action required to avoid a collision, accordingly.

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