Both the Emirates flights, one for Bengaluru and the other for Hyderabad, were scheduled to take off from the same runway in a gap of five minutes, the report said.
UAE’s aviation investigations body The Air Accident Investigation Sector has launched a probe into the near-collision situation that was created at Dubai Airport on January 9 as two India-bound flights were scheduled for take-off on one runway, in a gap of five minutes. Hundreds of lives were saved after the take-off was immediately rejected, news agency ANI reported.
“EK-524 from Dubai-Hyderabad was accelerating for take-off from runway 30R, when the crew saw an aircraft coming in the same direction at high speed. Take-off was immediately instructed by ATC to be rejected. The aircraft slowed down safely and cleared the runway via taxiway N4, which crossed the runway. Another emirates flight EK-568, from Dubai to Bangalore, was rolling for departure was to take-off from same runway 30R,” a person aware of the incident told ANI.
The Bengaluru-bound flight took off and the Hyderabad-bpund flight went back to the taxi bay to wait. Confirming that such a safety breach took place on january 9, Emirates AIR said there was no aircraft damage. “On 9 January, flight EK524 was instructed by air traffic control to reject take-off on departure from Dubai and this was completed successfully,” the airline said. An internal probe has also been initiated.