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Near miss at airport in Mumbai.

A ' NEAR MISS' took place at the Mumbai airport on Monday. A Kingfisher aircraft had to abort takeoff after another plane was found on the same runaway.

Sources said the ATC gave permission to the Kingfisher aircraft, a Mumbai to Bhavnagar flight with 30 people on board, to takeoff around 1.36 pm.

But it was aborted soon after when the ATC realised that a GoAir aircraft had just landed and not cleared the runway.

ATC officials claimed no one was at fault but a statement from Kingfisher seemed to blame the traffic controllers.

" Shortly after ( the) Kingfisher flightC* ( was) cleared for takeoff by the Mumbai ATC around 13.36 hours, the commander was directed to reject takeoff. The aircraft immediately aborted takeoff," it said.

Mumbai ATC general manager M. G. Jhungare, however, said no one " can be blamed for it" and that " we asked the other aircraft to prepare for takeoff". " The GoAir aircraft landed at 1.30 pm and since it takes a few minutes to vacate the runway, we asked the other aircraft to prepare for takeoff. ( But) as soon as our patrollers realised the GoAir aircraft was still on the runway, we asked the Kingfisher plane to abort takeoff," he said, adding that the Kingfisher plane was to takeoff at 1.36 pm.

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Date:Apr 20, 2010
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