Terrifying moment passenger plane lands just metres behind another at Mumbai airport in heart-stopping near-miss

Terrifying moment passenger plane lands just metres behind another at Mumbai airport in heart stopping near miss
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THIS is the terrifying moment two passenger planes nearly smashed into each other at a major airport.

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Two aircraft, run by Air India and IndiGo, were involved in a nail-biting near miss on the runway at Mumbai Airport, in India, on Saturday. 

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The two planes were within seconds of smashing into each other on the runway
One aircraft landed just as another took off

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One aircraft landed just as another took offCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk

Shocking footage revealed how an Air India plane took off within seconds of an IndiGo plane landing. 

After the horrific scene unfolded, the country’s aviation watchdog confirmed a probe has been launched.

Officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation stated they suspended the air traffic controller who was on duty at the time.

A spokesperson said: “We are conducting a probe and have already de-rostered the ATCO involved in the incident.”

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Meanwhile, an Air India spokesperson told local media: “AI657 from Mumbai to Trivandrum was on take-off roll on June 8. 

“The Air India aircraft was cleared by Air Traffic Control to enter the runway and subsequently cleared for take-off. 

“The Air India aircraft continued with the take-off roll in accordance with laid down procedures. 

“An investigation has been initiated by the authorities to find out more about the clearance given to the airlines.”

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And, an IndiGo spokesperson, confirmed: “On June 8, IndiGo flight 6E 6053 from Indore was given landing clearance by ATC at Mumbai Airport. 

“The Pilot in command continued the approach and landing and followed ATC instructions.”

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The single runway at the airport processes approximately 46 departures and arrivals per hour.

Their air traffic controllers can authorise up to two departures and two arrivals within three minutes.

This time can be reduced if optimum visibility permits it.

The country's aviation watchdog confirmed a probe has been launched

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The country’s aviation watchdog confirmed a probe has been launchedCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk



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