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Air India plane in near miss as Pak ATC gives incorrect information

In a mid-air scare, ‘incorrect’ input by Pakistan’s air traffic control to a Mumbai-bound Air India Dreamliner plane from London led it to come close to another aircraft, prompting a sharp reaction from India.

The Mumbai-bound Air India flight AI-130 from London’s Heathrow Airport on Tuesday escaped a near miss incident after the Karachi Air Traffic Control (ATC) gave pilot a wrong frequency that could have changed the flight path of the Boeing 787 and brought it close to Philippine’s Cebu Airline from Dubai.

‘It is a very serious incident and we do not have any precedent of such an incident,’ Airports Authority of India chairman Alok Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of the India Aviation show here.

‘We are still deliberating (decide) as to what level should the issue be taken up — at the diplomatic level or at some other forum,’ Sinha said, asserting ‘we will ensure that such an incident does not occur again.’

The Karachi ATC also gave its Mumbai counterpart an incorrect ETA (expected arrival time) when the Air India aircraft was flying over Sapna and Nobat, thereby reducing the time gap between it and the Cebu plane.
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