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DGCA Initiates Probe After IndiGo Flight Takes Off Without ATC Clearance; Pilots Derostered

An official told PTI that the Air Traffic Controller had instructed the pilot to line up and wait, but the aircraft initiated its roll and took off without waiting for clearance.

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IndiGo's Baku flight takes off without ATC clearance Photo: PTI
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An IndiGo flight took off from Delhi to Baku without obtaining clearance from the air traffic controller on January 28. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has begun an investigation on the incident on Tuesday.

Reportedly, the pilots involved have been derostered pending the investigation.

An official spokesperson from IndiGo stated on Tuesday, "With reference to reports around IndiGo flight 6E 1803 operating between Delhi and Baku on Jan 28, 2024, the incident is currently under investigation, and appropriate action will be taken as necessary."

PTI reported that the regulator is probing the incident of the flight taking off without Air Traffic Controller (ATC) clearance.

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Regarding how the incident happened, an official told PTI that the ATC had instructed the pilot to line up and wait, but the aircraft initiated its roll and took off without waiting for clearance.

Further details about the incident could not be immediately ascertained.

The flight was bound for Baku which is the capital of Azerbaijan.

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