A flight by SpiceJet, the low-cost carrier headquartered in Gurgaon, India, came disturbingly close to an overflying Emirates B777 aircraft heading from Brisbane to Dubai earlier this month, according to Indian reports.
A “mid-air mishap” was averted when an auto-generated proximity alarm sounded in the cockpit of the SpiceJet B737, the Indian Express reported.
The outlet cited sources saying SpiceJet flight SG511 was cleared for 34,000ft and advised to standby to climb further – but it climbed above the permitted level without clearance.
The incident on 11 August 2016 involved SpiceJet’s Hyderabad flight from Chennai (SG511) and Emirates’ Dubai-bound Brisbane flight (EK433).
Sources at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation told the paper the incident was being investigated and would soon be handed over to the Airprox Investigation Board (AIB).
Earlier this month, a mid-air collision between two IndiGo planes, carrying over 225 passengers and crew, was averted over Dhaka airspace when the pilot of one of the flights took swift evasive action.
Written by Peter Needham