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DOOM AVERTED! Emirates Airbus A380 Almost Collided With Air Seychelles A330


Pilot praised after avoiding mid-air collision with world's biggest passenger jet

A pilot has been praised for helping avert a mid-air collision between two passenger jets that could have led to the death of hundreds of people. An Emirates Airbus A380, flying from Dubai to Mauritius last Friday, had been cleared to descend to 38,000 feet by Air Traffic Control on its approach to the Indian Ocean island, with an Air Seychelles Airbus A330, Flight HM54, having taken off from Mauritius travelling in the opposite direction. However, the crew of the Emirates plane, Flight EK703, which is configured to carry as many as 615 passengers, incorrectly stated that its altitude was 36,000 feet, according to the Aviation Herald. When it was realised that the Emirates plane was higher than previously thought, and with the Air Seychelles A330, which could have been carrying up to 277 passengers, flying towards it, a Traffic Collision Avoidance System alert was initiated. Source

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