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Emirates runway incident reported

Investigation launched after pilot reports possible near-miss on Indian runway.

Indian authorities have launched an investigation after a pilot reported a possible near-collision between an Emirates flight bound for Dubai and another aircraft.

The Emirates jet took off from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in the same minute as a Sri Lankan aircraft landed on the same runway.

EK Bharat Bhushan, the head of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, said his office would investigate but there was no cause for alarm.

"There has been no issue," Mr Bhushan said yesterday. "The Emirates flight was taking off when the other aircraft arrived at the other end of the runway, three nautical miles away."

He said the incident was reported by another pilot. It is routine for the authority to investigate any time such an issue is raised. The results are expected in the next 24 hours.

hdajani@thenational.ae

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