A near collision was averted on Friday as an Air India and an IndiGo aircraft came face-to-face at IGI airport in Delhi. Air India's Delhi-Goa AI156 was about to take off from runway 28 at 11.15 AM when the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) asked the pilot to stop and come back to bay, Air India sources said.

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IndiGo's Ranchi-Delhi 6E398 landed on the same runway minutes later. There were 122 passengers onboard the Air India plane. The Air India aircraft finally took off for Goa at 12.50 PM.

A similar incident happened in December last year, when two aircraft came face to face on a taxiway at Indira Gandhi International Airport. An IndiGo flight 6E-769 from Lucknow had landed at runway 10/28 and entered taxiway E2 when SpiceJet flight SG123 --operating from Delhi to Hyderabad had been waiting for over an hour to take off. Fortunately, no mishap took place even as the IndiGo and the SpiceJet aircraft had 176 & 187 passengers respectively, reports The Times of India.

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(With inputs from PTI)