The hero was the pilot of an Air Seychelles Airbus A330-243 operated as HM 54 flying from Mauritius to Seychelles. In trouble is the pilot of Emirates Airlines, flying an A380 super jumbo as EK703 from Dubai to Mauritius. Hundreds of passengers that flew over the Southern Indian Ocean on Friday are extremely lucky to be alive after they escaped some dangerous skies over Mauritius.
“The Emirates Airline pilot will be in trouble if I file a report. If you are not filing a report I will close the matter as well.” These are the words of Mauritius Air Traffic Controller to the Air Seychelles Airbus 330 pilot the most likely largest civil airline disaster was avoided two days ago over the Indian Ocean on an air route between the Seychelles and Mauritius. The report was filed anyway – and the outcome is pending.
An Airbus A380 Super Jumbo operated by Dubai based Emirates Airlines, and an Airbus A330 operated by Air Seychelles almost collided, if it wasn’t for a quick heroic action by the Air Seychelles Pilot.
Both crews were visual with each other, received TCAS resolution advisories, in addition HM-54 turned right. Position data off transponders of both aircraft shows that the horizontal separation between the aircraft was about 7.5nm when both aircraft passed through Flight leval 360 at 0 feet vertical separation and was about 4nm when the vertical separation between the aircraft reached 1000 feet again with EK-703 below FL360 and HM-54 leveling off at Flight level 370.
Here is what happened:
On 14th July 2017, Emirates 703 (EK703) an Airbus A380-861 from Dubai (DXB) to Mauritius (MRU) was cruising at an altitude of 40,000 Feet before requesting descent to Mauritius for Runway 14. Seychelles 054 (HM054) an Airbus A330-243 was leaving Mauritius for Seychelles and given clearance by Mauritius ATC to climb and maintain 37,000 Ft. Upon requesting descent, EK703 was given clearance to descend and maintain 38,000 Ft due to crossing HM054 at time 13:07(UTC). EK703 read back Flight Level 360 (36,000 Ft) to Mauritius ATC instead of Flight Level 380 (38,000 Ft).
Why are the ATC in manual? Why nor SSR or Primary Radar in use? ICAO should conduct a study if this is a busy international Air Route and if that’s the case this region should be recomended to provide SSR (Secondary Service) for the safe and efficient conduct of flight which was the main objective of providing an Air Traffic Control Service.
Emirates Airlines is not without dark secrets, as the video below
Numerous reports talk about Emirates pilots to be overworked and often fly fatigue. If a pilot is tired and calls in sick, Emirates management will punish him or her>
Another worker for Emirates has a different story to tell: “I work for Emirates and nothing from what she is saying is true. I joined them in June 2012 and I am extremely happy at Emirates and proud to work for Emirates. I am even planning to retire with them. They are extremely fair and transparent in their benefits for the employees. All policies and procedure are clear. Nothing is hidden. Emirates is one of the best companies in the world which is very well-managed, period.”