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Mangaluru ATC staff avert air disaster

DH News Service, Mangaluru Jan 11 2018, 16:01 IST
ATC personnel noticed a  baggage truck on the runway moving directly towards a  Jet Airways aircraft cleared for take-off. DH file photo for representation purpose only

ATC personnel noticed a baggage truck on the runway moving directly towards a Jet Airways aircraft cleared for take-off. DH file photo for representation purpose only

A major tragedy was averted thanks to the alertness and presence of mind, of the staff of Mangaluru airport's Air Traffic Control (ATC), on Thursday.

ATC personnel noticed a baggage truck on the runway moving directly towards a Jet Airways aircraft cleared for take-off.

The Mangaluru-Mumbai flight was all set for take-off when ATC spotted the baggage carrier on collision course with the airplane, and alerted the pilots to abort take-off.

The flight was delayed for a while as a result.

The flight took wing after the runway was cleared, airport sources confirmed.

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