- Vistara flight takeoff aborted to avoid crashing into Air Force plane
- Flight scheduled for 3:20 pm departure was delayed till 5pm: officials
- The Delhi-bound flight had 151 passengers on board
Sources said the timely intervention by the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) prevented the mishap from happening when the Delhi-bound Air Vistara flight was about to take off from here yesterday after an IL-76 cargo plane of the Indian Air Force (IAF) sought permission for landing on the runway.
The Air Vistara flight had 151 passengers on board and was scheduled to depart at 3.20 pm.
However, it got delayed and left past 5 pm, officials said. They said as the plane accelerated to take off, it was asked to abort and return to the gate by the ATC.
After the incident, Vistara tweeted, "regret the trouble, take off was aborted as per instructions from ATC at Chandigarh airport." IAF officials said that the decision to abort take off of the private airline was taken by the ATC keeping in view the safety norms.