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Malaysia Airlines 'Wrong Direction' Flight Goes Straight

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(Aviation Herald’s comparative diagram of routes via SpeedBird_NCL)

By    |   Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 08:54 AM

A Malaysia Airlines flight reportedly flew in the wrong direction for several minutes on Christmas Day before correcting its course from New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur. It was another black mark for an airline that has lost two planes in less than two years.

Flight MH132 left Auckland Airport in New Zealand at 2:23 a.m. local time but flew in the direction of Melbourne in Australia rather than the more direct route north to the Malaysian capital, said the New Zealand Herald.

Eight minutes into the flight, the pilot aboard MH132 questioned air traffic controllers at Auckland Oceanic control on why the flight was traveling in a more southern direction.

An air traffic controller told the pilot that the flight plan the airline had filed was different than past routes. The pilot proceeded across the Tasman Sea before guiding the airliner in a more northern direction to Kuala Lumpur.

While there reportedly were no safety concerns with the mix up, an investigation was started into why the route was different than past ones, said The Independent.

"We have an internal safety team who will investigate it," a spokesperson told the Herald. "The flight plan the airline filed with us was going to Kuala Lumpur but via a slightly different route than the pilot was expecting."

Malaysia Airlines issued a statement on its website on Sunday, saying that it generates flight plans based partly on weather conditions, but MH132 with given an earlier flight plan which was incorrect for that day.

"Both routes were following an approved flight path and the aircraft had enough fuel for both routes," said the airline.

"The safety of both passengers and crew were never compromised at any time. Malaysia Airlines is currently conducting its investigation in the flight plan submission. Safety is of the utmost priority for Malaysia Airlines and it adheres very strictly to all safety procedures and processes."

Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared in March 2014 while on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers aboard. Crews searched for months in the Indian Ocean for the airliner and debris from the flight.

Malaysia Airlines MH17 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was believed to be shot down by a Russian-made Buk missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members.


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A Malaysia Airlines flight reportedly flew in the wrong direction for several minutes on Christmas Day before correcting its course from New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur. It was another black mark for an airline that has lost two planes in less than two years.
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