Published On: Sun, Mar 16th, 2014


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Pilots of the Air India London-Mumbai flight had a post-midnight scare and the passengers escaped a possible mishap after the Karachi Air Traffic Control (ATC) gave them a wrong frequency which, according to a senior Air India official, could have changed the flight path and led to a collision with another aircraft.

At 1.30 am on Tuesday, Karachi ATC provided a wrong frequency (132.15) and asked them to report two-way with the ATC in Mumbai. Despite trying various combinations, the pilots were unable to connect to the Mumbai ATC.

Airport Authority of India Alok Sinha told reporters, “This is a very serious incident and we do not want this event to another precedent.” He said, “We are considering what level to raise the issue. Be raised at the diplomatic level or any other level. ” ATC ATC flight from Karachi to Mumbai given false information about the time of arrival. This event is Tuesday afternoon at half.

They later got in touch with Ahmedabad ATC and established contact with Mumbai ATC on the correct frequency. An official said ATC Karachi also provided a wrong expected time of arrival to the Mumbai ATC.

A senior Air India official, confirming the incident, said wrong frequency could change flight path, which may lead to a mid-air collision with another aircraft. All AI flights going to the west or returning do not use Pakistani airspace, but a few flights out of Mumbai use it.

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