Air India’s Woman Pilot Presence Of Mind Saved Lives Of 261 Flyers

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Some people lose prestigious jobs due to their absence of mind even though they have good percentage in academics whereas some people get good jobs and high salary due to their presence of mind even though they are not so strong in academics.

Presence of mind plays an important role in every aspect of our lives. AI’s Airbus A-319 flight woman commander captain Anupama Kohli  saved the lives of 261 flyers with her presence of mind.

This Is What Happened


Last Wednesday (February 7), Air traffic controllers handling the Vistara and Air India flights came dangerously close in Mumbai airspace.  AI’s Airbus A-319 was enroute from Mumbai to Bhopal as AI 631 and Vistara’s A-320 Neo was flying from Delhi to Pune as UK 997.

The planes were barely seconds away from each other that Vistara was descending from its assigned level of 29,000 feet to 27,100 feet where an AI flight was coming in the opposite direction.

According to sources, “There may have been confusion between the ATC and Vistara cockpit — which at that time had a woman co-pilot at the controls and the captain had taken a toilet break. The AI flight had a woman commander, Captain Anupama Kohli. Maybe there was a mix-up in communication in those tense seconds like what altitude instruction is being given to which lady. This has to be seen.”

Having experience of over 20 years, a senior commander of A-320 family AI’s Captain Anupama Kohli saw the Vistara aircraft approaching in her direction and could hear the ATC asking UK 997 ‘why are you on this level?’ The Vistara lady pilot told ATC that ‘no, you told me to come to this level’.


AI’s Captain Anupama Kohli saw the Vistara plane closing in from her left side right towards her. She got to know the Vistara plane was crossing her level ‘now’ when the red sign went up in her cockpit. Instantly, a resolution advisory (RA) came — “climb, climb, climb.” Following RA, Captain Kohli immediately climbed and turned right to steer clear of the Vistara plane.

Fortunately, AI went up and Vistara came down which are 600 feet away from each other and then flew away safely.

Captain Anupama Kohli’s presence of mind was applauded by AI. Vistara did not comment on the issue as the matter is being investigated. Airline sources say its crew was asked to be at 27,000 feet and that is why they were there.

Presence of mind always saves us. Isn’t it? Are there any instances in your life where you got benefited for your presence of mind? Share us in the comments. These Bollywood stars are actually professionally trained pilots.

Pavani Bharathula
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