Kathmandu: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has written to the Air India over an issue of flying the Air India plane at an altitude of 15,000ft without permission from the Air Traffic Controller (ATC).
Prior to landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), an aircraft of the Air India en route to Kathmandu from New Delhi was lowered to 15,000ft from an altitude of 19,000ft all of a sudden without permission from the ATC before landing at the TIA last Friday.
At the same time, an aircraft of the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) coming to Kathmandu from Malaysia was also flying at an altitude of 15,000ft. As the NAC aircraft took height, a fatal accident was narrowly escaped.
Spokesperson of CAAN Jagannath Niraula confirmed that the Air India is written to inform the CAAN about the action to the pilot after an investigation into the case. He also said that the CAAN has also formed probe panel over the issue and the ATC deployed during that time have been prevented from working in the ‘Active Position’.