Malaysia Airlines Pilot Confused When Plane Takes Wrong Route
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An investigation has been launched after a Malaysia Airlines pilot raised concern his passenger jet was taking the 'wrong' route. The incident happened on Christmas Day when the flight took off from Auckland Airport in Newzeland headed for Kuala Lumpur.
Just eight minutes into the flight, the pilot queried why his Airbus A330 was heading so far south. He wondered why the plane was heading towards Melbourne and not taking a more direct flight path to the Malaysian capital. It is understood passengers on board the flight, which left at 2.23am Christmas Day, were not alerted to the mix-up.

During discussions with air traffic controllers at the Auckland Oceanic control centre, the pilot was informed of the flight plan his airline had given to Airways, which manages air traffic control for New Zealand and South Pacific.
He then continued across the Tasman Sea before heading northwest to Kuala Lumpur. Although there were no apparent safety concerns with the confusion, Airways yesterday confirmed it was investigating.
"We have an internal safety team who will investigate it," a spokeswoman said. "The flight plan the airline filed with us was going to Kuala Lumpur but via a slightly different route than the pilot was expecting." Airways will "work closely" with the much-maligned carrier to find out how the confusion came about, the spokeswoman said.


28 Dec, 2015 0 911
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