A major mishap was averted in Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport this morning after an Indigo and a SpiceJet aircraft came face-to-face on the runway. "An Indigo flight 6C-729 which was coming from Lucknow to Delhi with 176 passengers on board, post landing on the taxi way saw a SpiceJet aircraft in front of it," said Indigo spokesperson Ajay Jesra.
The incident occurred when the Indigo flight was moving towards taxiway after landing and SpiceJet was ready for a takeoff. Meanwhile, the incident has been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which has assured of a probe. SpiceJet confirmed the incident and said that at no point of time the safety of its passengers was at risk.
While taxiing, the SpiceJet crew observed another aircraft on the same taxiway in the opposite direction. Acting promptly, the SpiceJet crew immediately stopped the aircraft and intimated the ATC," the airline said in a statement. "Safety is of utmost and primary concern at SpiceJet, it said adding, "at no stage the safety of passengers and crew was compromised. All concerned authorities were immediately informed," SpiceJet spokesperson said in the statement.
There was miscommunication with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower, initial reports suggested. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the safety regulator, has started an investigation. "Following Standard Operating Procedures, (the pilot) took the decision of switching off the engine and reported the incident to ATC," IndiGo said in a statement.
Thick fog has affected many flights this season at the Delhi airport. The haze was particularly intense this morning. Earlier in the day, a Jet Airways flight with 161 people on board veered off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa while aligning for take off, with 15 passengers suffering "minor" injuries during evacuation.