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Air Seychelles pilots commended after fast collision avoidance action

Posted 19 July 2017 · Add Comment

Air Seychelles has commended one of its flight crews who are credited with taking fast action to avoid a potential mid-air collision with an Airbus A380 operated by Emirates over the Indian Ocean.

Air Seychelles said in a statement this week: “We commend our Captain Roberto Vallicelli and Seychellois First Officer Ronny Morel who were operating the HM054 flight from Mauritius to Seychelles on the evening of Friday 14 July 2017.”
“Their training standard and operating protocols immediately kicked in which demonstrates the extremely high standards of training which our Air Seychelles pilots attain. We highly commend them for what they have done.”
In a report by the ETN Global Travel Industry News, the Air Seychelles aircraft had taken off from the Mauritian airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and had been given clearance by Mauritius Air Traffic Control to climb to 37,000 feet. At the same time, the report said the Emirates flight EK703 was given clearance to descend to 38,000 feet but did not read the correct flight level instruction and descended to 36,000 feet.
A safety report has been filed and being investigated by the regulator.

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