According to reports, a flight bound from Delhi to Bagdogra was in the process of taking off from the recently inaugurated UK 725 runway. Concurrently, a Vistara flight from Ahmedabad to Delhi was in the midst of descending on the parallel runway. Despite both flights being granted simultaneous clearance, swift action by the Air Traffic Control (ATC) averted a potentially catastrophic scenario. The ATC officer on duty promptly directed the cancellation of the Vistara flight’s takeoff.
Airport authorities emphasized that if the ongoing flight hadn’t been halted in time, a major accident could have ensued. In accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), radio communication is strictly prohibited during the takeoff and landing maneuvers of any aircraft or vehicle.
Sources disclosed that when the pilot of the flight bound for Bagdogra announced the flight’s non-departure due to ATC instructions, passengers experienced a certain level of apprehension. Captain Amit Singh, a seasoned pilot and founder of the Safety Matters Foundation, stressed the importance of enhanced oversight for flights utilizing distant runways, along with rigorous adherence to SOPs, as essential measures to avert potential conflicts arising from the proximity of flight paths.
He elaborated that typically, an aircraft on one runway is not granted takeoff clearance until another aircraft has landed on the second runway. However, if, due to an error, permission is given for an aircraft to take off from one runway, and a decision is made to abort the landing and proceed on the other runway, the flight paths of both aircraft converge in the airspace. He cautioned that this situation could lead to a collision, as the intersecting runways are in close proximity.