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