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Investigation underway after collision of 2 Emirates flights to India averted at Dubai airport


DUBAI – An investigation is underway after a collision between two Emirates airline flights to India was avoided at the Dubai airport.

The incident happened on January 9 involving flight EK524 bound for Hyderabad and EK568 bound for Bengaluru.

The two airplanes arrived on the same Dubai airport runway at the same time.

According to investigators, the flight to Hyderabad was supposed to takeoff at 9:45pm while the flight to Bengaluru was scheduled to depart at 9:50pm.

Witnesses said the Dubai-Hyderabad plane was accelerating for takeoff when crew spotted the other aircraft coming at high speed in the same direction.

Air Traffic Control instructed flight EK524 for Hyderabad to abort takeoff from Dubai and clear the runway, according to an Emirates spokesperson.

This allowed the Emirates flight to Bengaluru to takeoff without incident. The flight to Hyderabad returned to the runway and took off after 30 minutes.

Emirates said there was no reported injuries or damages, but that the UAE’s aviation authority is conducting an investigation while the airline has also launched an internal investigation.

“Safety is always our top priority, and as with any incident we are conducting our own internal review. The incident is also under investigation by the UAE Air Accident Investigation Sector,” according to Emirates in a statement. ICA/Expat Media

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