A major collision between two India-bound flights was averted in Dubai saving hundreds of lives on Sunday. Both were Emirates planes and the possible collision started while both flights took off at the Dubai airport. While EK-524 Dubai to Hyderabad was scheduled for take-off at 9:45 PM, EK-568 Dubai to Bengaluru Emirates flight was also scheduled to take off for its destination. Unfortunately, both aircraft were scheduled for take-off came on the same runway.
According to the Emirates flight schedule, there is a five-minute gap between the departure times of both flights. “EK-524 from Dubai-Hyderabad was accelerating for take-off from runway 30R when the crew saw an aircraft coming in the same direction at high speed. Take-off was immediately instructed by ATC to be rejected. The aircraft slowed down safely and cleared the runway via taxiway N4, which crossed the runway. Another emirates flight EK-568, from Dubai to Bangalore, was rolling for departure was to take-off from same runway 30R,” a person aware of the incident told news agency ANI.
After the ATC intervention, Bengaluru-bound Emirates flight took off and the Hyderabad-bound Emirates flight went back to the taxi bay and took off a few minutes later.
Emirates Air has confirmed the incident and told ANI about the serious breach of safety. “On 9 January, flight EK524 was instructed by air traffic control to reject take-off on departure from Dubai and this was completed successfully. There was no aircraft damage,” Emirates Air spokesperson told ANI.
An internal inquiry has also been set up against the aircraft’s crew.
“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,” Emirates spokesperson told ANI.
As per the preliminary report, Hyderabad bound EK-524 was rolling for take-off without ATC clearance.
(With ANI Inputs)
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