When two planes landed on the same runway in Dubai
Hundreds of air travelers coming to India at Dubai Airport on Sunday narrowly saved their lives. Actually, two Emirates Air planes flying there for India had landed on the same runway at the same time, but a big accident was averted in time. According to the report of news agency ANI, flight number EK-524 was ready to take off from Dubai to Hyderabad at 9.45 pm and EK-568 was also about to take off for Dubai-Bengaluru. But, unfortunately both the planes landed on the same runway at the same time. (pictures – symbolic)
There was a difference of only 5 minutes in both the flights
According to the Emirates flight schedule, there was a difference of 5 minutes in the takeoff time of both the planes. A person with knowledge of the incident said, “Dubai-Hyderabad EK-524 was proceeding for takeoff on runway 30R when its crew noticed an aircraft coming very fast in the same direction. ATC instructed him to abort the take-off immediately. The aircraft slowed down safely and cleared the runway via taxiway N4. Emirates’ second flight from Dubai to Bangalore EK-568 was also proceeding to take off from the same runway 30R.
ATC had stopped take-off of an aircraft
As per the ATC guidelines, the Emirates flight coming to Bangalore took off first and the flight coming to Hyderabad returned to the taxiway and took off after a few minutes. Emirates Air has confirmed the incident and called it a serious security lapse. The Air Accident Investigation Sector (AAIS), the aviation investigative body of the United Arab Emirates, has launched an investigation into the incident. An Emirates Air spokesperson said: “On 9 January, Flight EK-524 was instructed by Air Traffic Control to abort take-off for departure from Dubai and it was completed successfully. There was no damage to the aircraft.
The aircraft coming to Hyderabad did not get permission for take-off
An internal inquiry has also been set up against the crew of the aircraft. An Emirates Air spokesperson said: “Safety is always our first priority and, as with any incident, we are conducting our internal review.” The matter is also being investigated by AAIS of UAE. According to initial reports, the aircraft coming to Hyderabad had proceeded for take-off without ATC approval.
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Both aircraft were Boeing-B777.
At that time, Emirates Air used its Boeing-B777 aircraft from Dubai to both destinations. These planes have a seating capacity of 350 to 440 passengers depending on the size of the interior. From this, it can be estimated that in time how big an accident was averted.