Malaysia Airlines Investigating a Mess Up in Flight Plan
An investigation has been initiated by the Malaysia Airlines after it admitted a mess up with its flight plan for Kuala Lumpur-bound flight MH132, which headed in the wrong direction after taking off from Auckland Airport on December 25.
The pilot of the Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was surprised to see his Airbus A330 heading further south than expected only after flying for a few minutes. He immediately placed a query with the air traffic controllers at the Auckland Oceanic control centre who told him that the airline decided on a slightly different route for it.
Malaysia Airlines confirmed on Monday that it had unintentionally given a different flight plans to its air crew and the air traffic control centre.
In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said, "Our flight MH132 from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur was given the latest flight plan by the airline's Operations Dispatch Centre (ODC) whilst Auckland's Air Traffic Control (ATC) was inadvertently given an earlier flight plan."
However, the airline did not give any explanation about how the error took place. It just said that the flight plans were created based on weather conditions at the time and air traffic notices. It seems to be a miscommunication in plans.
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