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Mid-air collision averted over Tamil Nadu

Chennai, June 5 (IANS) A mid-air collision was averted Saturday afternoon by alert pilots as a Jet Airways and an Air India plane came on the same flight path over Tamil Nadu, officials said.

The planes, carrying nearly 250 passengers and crew, came close to crashing into each other near Trichinapalli air space, the officials said.

To avoid a collision, the Jet Airways pilot pulled his aircraft up while the Air India pilot reduced his plane’s altitude, officials said.

The Air India flight was bound from Chennai to Madurai and the Jet flight was headed to Chennai from Thiruvananthapuram.

Both flights landed safely at the Madurai and Chennai airports respectively, the officials added.

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