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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jet Airways flight with 134 passengers averts mid-air collision

A Jet Airways flight with 134 passengers onboard narrowly averted a mid-air collision over Lucknow today, triggering panic aboard, passengers said.

The jet flight was caught in severe turbulence, which the airline claimed was caused by a passing Boeing 747 jumbo.

The incident took place around 11.35 a.m. The Jet Airways flight landed safely in Guwahati around 1 p.m.

The identity of the passing Boeing 747 was being ascertained.

The sources said the Jet 737 and the Boeing 747, coming from the opposite direction, could have violated the mandatory separation between two aircrafts.

Among those aboard the plane included Assam Congress president Bhubaneswar Kalita and Congress MP Rani Narah. "God is great. We had a near brush with death," said Narah.

Jet authorities in Guwahati refused to comment on the incident saying a formal statement, if any, would be made from their head office in Mumbai.

"It is very serious. We will inquire into this incident," DGCA chief E K Bharat Bhushan told PTI. While a Jet spokesperson said the incident was caused by "rough air generated by a passing Boeing 747", sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the two planes were far off and the turbulence was caused by winds and air pockets.

Asked about the conflicting reports, Bharat Bhushan said, "We will definitely probe when there is a conflict in the two versions".

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