AI crew spot four ‘para­chutes’ af­ter take-off from city

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Soub­hik Mi­tra soub­hik.mi­tra@hin­dus­tan­

MUM­BAI: A Chen­nai-bound Air In­dia flight crew spot­ted four mys­te­ri­ous colour­ful para­chutes soon af­ter take- off on Fri­day morn­ing, a third such sight­ing in a fort­night.

Ac­cord­ing to the mes­sage re­ceived by the Mum­bai air traf­fic con­trol (ATC), the Air­bus 319 was fly­ing at 6,000 feet about five nau­ti­cal miles from Va­sai when the cock­pit crew spot­ted the para­chutes. “They were yel­low, red, green and blue,” said a se­nior ATC of­fi­cial.

The DGCA has or­dered a probe in the mat­ter. “The ATC has in­formed us about the mes­sage from the AI crew. We will be­gin our pre­lim­i­nary probe,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial. DGCA of­fi­cials said they had alerted the Bureau of Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity as the in­ci­dent ap­peared to be a “se­cu­rity con­cern”. “Even if the fly­ing ob­jects spot­ted were para­chutes they do not fall un­der our purview. Only reg­is­tered air­craft fall un­der our purview,” said an­other of­fi­cial.


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