A senior officer of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Tuesday conducted an inquiry into Monday's incident at the Tiruchi Airport where a possible collision was averted between Air India Express and Jet Airways aircraft.
S. Durairaj, Senior Air Safety Officer, DGCA, Chennai, arrived here on Monday night hours after the incident took place around 2 p.m.
According to initial reports, the Air India Express flight on the Chennai-Tiruchi-Abu Dhabi sector was cleared for landing on runway 9, but approached runway 27 from the opposite direction of the Chennai-bound Jet Airways ATR aircraft that had just taken off. The Air India Express aircraft subsequently took a diversion to land safely.
Mr. Durairaj, who interacted with the Air India Express engineer at the airport on Monday night, continued his inquiry on Tuesday with officials at the Air Traffic Control.
Recordings of the communication between the ATC and the commander of the Air India Express have been sent to Mumbai for examination.
The recordings will establish the circumstances that led to the incident. A report will be submitted to the DGCA headquarters, sources said.