The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 14, 1996 - 7A
CHARKHI DADR , India (AP) -
As a Kazak cargo plane flew head-on
toward a Saudi jetliner, controllers told
its pilot to watch out for the 747 in the
clouds ahead. The pilot asked how close
"Fourteen miles." a controller said.
Seconds later:"Thirteen miles"
The pilot's acknowledgement of
that message was the last word New
elhi airport flight controllers had
rom either aircraft before they hit
and spun to earth in spectacular twin
fireballs, taking 349 people to their
The exchanges, in transcripts released
yesterday, indicate the planes did not see
each other in time and hint that the pilots
were misled by their instruments or mis-
understood the tower's directions. They
were supposed to pass with a 1,000-foot
1ifference in altitude -- instructions that
ihe Saudi plane's pilots never confirmed,
the transcripts show.
The Saudi Boeing 747 was seven
minutes into its flight and the Kazak
plane was descending for its final
approach into Indira Gandhi
International Airport when the collision
occurred Tuesday about 60 miles south-
west of New Delhi.
Whether there was a last-minute eva-
ive maneuver by either plane was
*nclear, but India's top civil aviation
rministry official said the crash was not
"It was not a head-on collision,"
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impressed by the panelists and their
grasp of the issue.
"I liked that Dr. Dyson and Dr.
Takaki provided the more global vision
that really is a part of diversity," said
Education doctoral student Michael
The conference, titled, "Diversity -
The Way Things Are... The Way Things
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"Quality is more important than
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Learning. "The quality of the telecon-
ference and the quality of discussion
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A firefighter sprays water yesterday over the smouldering debris of the Saudi
jumbo Jet that collided in mid-air with a Kazak airliner cargo plane Tuesday.
Yogesh Chandra said at a news con-
ference. "The cockpit and fuselage of
the Kazak airliner was found intact."
Searchers retrieved hundreds of
bodies from wreckage strewn in a six-
mile area around Charkhi Dadri.
Grieving relatives tried to identify the
badly mangled remains of their loved
ones lying on blocks of ice at.
Many of the victims of the Saudi
Airlines flight that carried 312 pas-
sengers and crew apparently were
Indian workers returning to jobs in
the Middle East or making the
Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca; the
Kazak plane carrying 37 people had
been chartered by a clothing company
A weeping Irene Colaso said she
identified her 20-year-old daughter
Sanim, a flight attendant on the Saudi
plane, by her feet - the rest of her
body was burned beyond recognition.
Searchers found the flight data
recorders of both planes yesterday but
only the cockpit voice recorder of the
Kazak plane. The recordings were not
made public immediately.
But flight control transcripts showed
that the airport tower instructing the
Kazak plane to fly at 15,000 feet and
the Saudi plane, which was ascending,
to level off at 14,000 feet. The Saudi
plane never acknowledged the order to
hold its altitude.
The tower then tells the Kazak plane's
pilot that the Saudi aircraft is 14 miles
away: "Identified traffic 12 o'clock reci-
procal. Saudi Boeing 747, 14 miles.
Report in sight."
The Kazak pilot replied: "Report
how many miles?
"Fourteen miles now," the tower said.
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