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    SriLankan UL 504 avoids the biggest possible mid-air collision with British Airways

    ● The British Airways flight which was on its way to Dubai and then Singapore had left Heathrow just shortly after the UL flight had taken off

    ● The UL pilot and crew had detected a British Airways flight just 15 miles away from them flying at 35,000 feet

    ● The Pilot had detected the BA flight on the flight’s radar

    ● Ankara air traffic control had informed the UL Captain that they had not detected any flight at 35,000 feet

    UL 504, flying from London to Colombo landed at the BIA last afternoon, avoiding its biggest possible mid-air collision with a British Airways flight while in Turkish airspace, the Daily Mirror learns. Sources familiar with the incident said that the flight carrying 275 passengers on board and a crew, had entered the Turkish Airspace of Ankara after leaving Heathrow en route to Colombo when Ankara air control informed the UL pilot to climb to 35,000 feet from the 33,000 feet they were flying at.

    ● If the UL captain had climbed to the requested height, the UL flight would have faced a mid-on collision with the British Airways flight,

    The UL pilot and crew who had been vigilant had detected a British Airways flight just 15 miles away from them flying at 35,000 feet and informed the air traffic control at Ankara that there was a flight already above.

    The British Airways flight which was on its way to Dubai and then Singapore had left Heathrow just shortly after the UL flight had taken off.

    After checking, the Ankara air traffic control had informed the UL Captain that they had not detected any flight at 35,000 feet on their radar and the UL flight was cleared to climb. The pilot who by that time had detected the British

    Airways flight on the flight’s radar had not climbed and informed the Ankara air traffic control once again to check. It was only minutes later that the air traffic had responded urgently informing the UL flight not to climb as there was already a flight right above at 35,000 feet.

    If the UL captain had climbed to the requested height, the UL flight would have faced a mid-on collision with the British Airways flight, as it was flying at a faster speed than the UL flight. Upon landing at the BIA the passengers safely disembarked from the flight along with the crew but a report on the incident was filed.

    The lives of 275 passengers on UL

    504, its crew members, and the lives of passengers on the British Airways flight and its crew members were saved due to the vigilance and strong decision-making of the Chief Pilot of UL 504.

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    7 COMMENTS

    1. This is a joke !! 🤭 Is the fact that while driving your car, putting on your signals to turn and looking into the lane before you turn such a big deal that you have to tell the whole world about it ??🤯
      This Pilot used a safety system called TCAS – in use since 1989 , like all pilots have done since then, for the exact purpose it was installed on aircraft!! The fact that this particular Pilot made such a BIG issue to highlight this routine procedure, even sending the confidential reports filed, to the newspapers proves that he is a complete & absolute T – ASS !!

    2. This is inspirational gossip! This is the duty and is very common feature using TCAS. That it was a miscalculation in Turkish airspace and was rectified is a job done and is normality. The rest is speculation ….. Reporting to authorities and keeping vigilance is the duty of the officers

    3. Be happy that a huge number of lives were saved. Yes the Chief Pilot is bound to report this incident. That’s the procedure.
      The CP and the team should be applauded just like when a batsman scores a hundred or a soccer player scores goal even though that is what is expected expected of them anyway. Yes it will be nice e to know their names

    4. Looks like this publicity crazy pilots are trying hard to get their names published in the papers via proxies like PakisB and Chanaka Abeysinghe who do not seem to know anything about how Aviation is so error proofed these days with all the automated warnings !!!

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