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Two SpiceJet pilots argued over who should land first

The pilot of SpiceJet flight from Delhi contacted the ATC, saying the Hyderabad flight pilot was arguing with him over landing. In the process, the two aircraft came at a distance of 3,100 feet though they were in the required vertical separation limit

 
Mumbai: Putting the safety of around 160 passengers at risk, two SpiceJet pilots allegedly got into a verbal fight over who should land first, reports PTI quoting sources.
 
The incident had occurred on Thursday at around 7 pm when the Indore ATC cleared the Delhi-Indore flight of SpiceJet for landing. Around the same time, the airline's flight SG 1053 Hyderabad-Indore was also on the approach but was to land after the Delhi flight.
 
"However, the pilot of the flight from Delhi contacted the ATC, saying the Hyderabad flight pilot was arguing with him over landing. In the process, the two aircraft came at a distance of 3,100 feet though they were in the required vertical separation limit," sources added.
 
There were around 160 passengers on-board at the time.
 
SpiceJet spokesperson was not available for comment.
 

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Shashikant Koppikar

4 years ago

I am a retired pilot. At the out set, let me say unequivocally that if indeed a pilot of one flight was arguing about the landing priority with another pilot, it amounts to gross indiscipline in terms of communication procedures. The "aggrieved " pilot should have lodged a protest with the Air Traffic control, preferably after landing.
Having said that, the reporter's/ editor's intention behind stating that the" aircraft were at a distance of 3100 feet, but they were within the required vertical separation limits" is not understood.
Thank God the usual cliche about " 160 passengers on board had a miraculous escape " has not been used. Unless the precise wording and the length of the arguments between the pilots is known, the source and the reporter is guilty of sensationalizing something which may or may not amount to risking flight safety.

Foreign bank mulled closing New India Assurance account: Finance Ministry

A foreign bank had threatened to close down accounts of state-owned New India Assurance if it did not stop providing insurance cover to ships ferrying oil from Iran

New Delhi: The union government said a foreign bank had threatened to close down the account of state-owned New India Assurance Ltd if it did not stop providing insurance cover to ships ferrying oil from Iran, reports PTI.

 

However, the threat was not executed by the foreign bank, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

 

"The public sector general insurance companies have not received any such threat except the New India Assurance Co Ltd to whom one foreign bank had threatened to close their account on this issue. However, this bank has now agreed to continue the account," Meena said.

 

The Minister further said that there was no deactivation of account of state-run insurers by foreign banks.

 

He was responding to a query whether several foreign banks had threatened to close the accounts of state-run general insurers if they continue to provide insurance cover to Indian ships ferrying oil from Iran.

 

Insurance regulator IRDA, Meena said, had informed the government that following the restrictions imposed by the United Nations and the European Union, Europe-based insurers had stopped providing cover to ship owners involved in carriage of cargo or oil consignments from Iran-India-Iran and vice-versa.

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SEBI settles Sabero Organics case on not resolving complaints

SEBI allowed Sabero Organics to get away from redressing 79 pending complaints from its investors by paying Rs6.8 lakh

Mumbai: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has settled a case against Sabero Organics Gujarat Ltd after the company made a payment of Rs6.80 lakh for allegedly not resolving 79 investor complaints pending against it, reports PTI.

 

In its order, SEBI said that adjudication proceedings initiated against the company are "hereby settled".

 

SEBI on three separate occasions from 2008-2010 had written to the company asking it to redress 79 pending complaints against it and submit a action taken report (ATR) within the prescribed time.

 

However, the company did not redress the complaints and failed to submit the ATR as required. Hence, SEBI had initiated the adjudication proceedings.

 

Pending the adjudication proceedings, Sabero Organics Gujarat had proposed a settlement of Rs25,000 in May 2011 under the SEBI's consent order mechanism.

 

However, later the company revised its consent terms and offered settlement of Rs6.80 lakh in July, 2012.

 

The proposed terms were placed before the High Powered Advisory Committee (HPAC) which after consideration, recommended that the case may be settled on payment of the said amount.

 

SEBI noted that enforcement actions, including commencing or reopening of the proceedings, could be initiated if any representation made by the company is found to be untrue.

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