(MENAFN) The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has suspended three air traffic controllers after a near miss occurred between an Air India plane and a Nepal Airlines plane over Nepal. The Nepal Airlines Airbus A-320 was on its way to Kathmandu from Kuala Lumpur when it came close to an Air India plane from New Delhi flying to the Tribhuvan International Airport. The Nepal Airlines aircraft was at an altitude of 15,000 feet, while the Air India aircraft was descending from 19,000 feet.
The collision was averted after the warning signals alerted the pilots as radar showed the two aircraft in proximity, prompting the Nepal Airlines aircraft to descend to 7,000 feet. The incident has raised concerns about air traffic control and safety measures in Nepal.
The CAAN has formed a three-member committee to investigate the matter. "Air traffic controllers of Tribhuvan International Airport involved in a traffic conflict incident...have been removed from active control position until further notice," the CAAN said in a tweet.
This is not the first time that Nepal has experienced a near miss or a plane crash. Nepal has a poor aviation safety record, with several accidents occurring in the past due to factors such as poor infrastructure, human error, and weather conditions. In 2018, a Yeti Airlines plane crashed in the mountains of Nepal, killing all 23 people on board.
The incident involving the Air India and Nepal Airlines planes highlights the need for improved aviation safety measures and training for air traffic controllers in Nepal. It is essential for the authorities to take prompt action and address any shortcomings in the country's aviation sector to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
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